A Cask of Amontillado

A Cask of Amontillado

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  • Date Submitted: 08/03/2011 9:26 AM
  • Category: English
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“A Cask of Amontillado”

1. Bricking someone up for an unspecified insult is shocking, yet by today’s standards, how shocking is the story? How shocked were you?

"The Cask of Amontillado" is a short story basically about revenge. Montresor came up with a revenge upon Fortunato for an insult. Montresor is intending to seek his payback with his family motto supporting him: "Nemo me impune lacessit."("No one assails me with impunity.") On the coat of arms, which bears this motto, appears " huge human foot d'or, in a field of azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are embedded in the heel." It is important for Montresor to have his victim know what is happening to him. Montresor will derive pleasure from the fact that "...as Fortunato slowly dies, the thought of his rejected opportunities of escape will sting him with unbearable regret, and as he sobers with terror, the final blow will come from the realization that his craving for the wine has led him to his doom." Throughout the entire story it is all about the planning, its execution, and its confession. Monsieur Montresor made his own decision to use sneakiness, plotting, and irony to do harm and gain his revenge. This is basically a story of a calmly calculated murder.
The ways that the events take place beginning and ending with every action and word spoken, it all had a meaning leading to revenge. The shocking thing is that it might not be the bloodiest, loudest, or messiest kill but the intentions carful planning and the intelligence behind the whole planning for a spectacular ending is the most shocking. The irony in this story, well many of them, played a big part in the story. A verbal irony that occurs throughout the entire story is where Montresor says certain things but really means another thing. At one point in the story when Fortunato begins coughing, Montresor expresses concern about Fortunato's health and several times he suggests that they should turn back for fear...

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