Cask of Amantillado Essay

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Cask of Amantillado

"The Cask of Amontillado"
Revenge can be sweet, but in this case it is just down right grotesque! In Edgar Allen
Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado" it talks about a gentlemen named Montressor and how he is
angry at Fortunato for insulting him in the past. Montressor will not let this go
unpunished, so he thinks up a clever scheme to get back at him. This plan is in a way,
ingenious but most definitely insane and crazy.

This story dates back into the 1800's. The time of year, Mardi Gras. A good friend and
fellow wine connoisseur, Fortunato, once insulted Montressor, the main character. Although
the insult was not stated in the story it must have been pretty bad because of the revenge
Montresor was planning. After a party Fortunato went over to Montressor's house to have
some wine and then go out to another party. There was something ironic about the way
Fortunato was dressed. He was wearing motley, much like what a jester would wear and he
would be made a fool later that evening. In the catacombs underneath the house is where
they store all of their wine and some other things. In the very back of the musty, damp,
and dark cellar was the best of the best wines, Amontillado.

Montressor used reverse phsycology very frequently in the story to lure Fortunato in and
to lead the servants out. He told the servants that he would not be home for at least
twelve hours. So of course, they left the house to go to parties. He also told Fortunato
not to go down into the catacombs because he did not want him to get even sicker from the
dampness down there. Of course, that made him want to go down to get the wine. Along the
way they see lots of niter on the walls and they can feel the dampness from the river.
They make many stops along the way in the vaults to drink fine vintages to make him a bit
more intoxicated. Fortunato cannot even tell through his orbs that he has hurt his friend!
As they get farther and farther away he keeps on suggesting for Fortunato to go upstairs
and to get Luchesi to go to get the wine with him. Of course, Fortunato kept on saying he
was fine. The farther they go, the more wine they drink. Montressor kept on making it seem
as though he was not angry at Fortunato for anything he had done. Along the way there were
bones, and bodies laying all around in recesses on the walls. This sets off many questions
like, is this man an insane murderer, or is that just all of his deceased family members?

Finally, they reach the end on the catacombs and the Amontillado is near. Then, suddenly
Montressor throws Fortunato and fettered him on the wall in a little aperture. He Builds a
crypt with a trowel and masonry slowly circumscribing him. Fortunato will slowly suffocate
and die. He is almost done laying the stones when Fortunato begs him to let him out and
lets him know that the joke was very good but Montressor is not joking. He lays the last
block and clamored can be heard through the walls. Slowly the noise died down and
Montressor absconded to let Fortunato repose. Of course, then Fortunato perceived what he
had done.

In a way, Montressor was very clever. He got everyone to do what he wanted without telling
them, and everyone being totally oblivious. Reverse phsycology played and important role
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