Edgar Allen Poe’s Cask of Amontillado

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Name: Class: Tutor: Date of submission: Revenge in Edgar Allen Poe's Cask of Amontillado From the beginning of the story, Edgar Allen Poe indicates that revenge will have a key role in The Cask of Amontillado. In the very first sentence, Edgar says, “Fortunato had hurt me a thousand times, and I suffered quietly. But then I learned that he laughed at my proud name, Montresor, the name of an old and honored family. I promised myself that I would make him pay for this- that I would have revenge.” (Poe, 68) In the two paragraphs that follow, the bigger part of the story details the ideas of revenge that Montresor has in mind. From here, the author goes to a discussion by the narrator and details how he is planning to revenge on Fortunato. A few things are striking when considering the commitment that Montresor had to avenge. The first one is that the narrator believes and feel that his plans and actions to revenge are justified (Harris, 33). He believes so because he is of the idea that revenge is justifiable and necessary, particularly when one has been individually humiliated or in the occasion that a certain word or action threatens the otherwise reputable name of the person or that of his family. It is evident that according to the narrator, Fortunato had hurt him a thousand times of which we can assume it could have been verbally. As such, it can be deduced that Montresor could put up with Fortunato’s insults until when he seemingly insults him individually. At this time, Montresor begins to take the issue seriously, and he feels that he has to do something and avenge. Here, he essentially feels that for any offense that someone commits to you, then one

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