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Cask Of Amontillado

Theme Analysis of "The Cask of Amontillado"

In "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allen Poe, the dark side of human nature is
exemplified through the character of Montresor and his victim, Fortunato. Montresor is a
manipulative and vengeful person. These characteristics lead to the death of Fortunato, a
man who has wronged him. Through the acts, words, and the thoughts of Montressor, one is
able to see him carry out his plan for revenge.

The story takes place in Italy at a carnival where Montresor and Fortunato meet each other
by chance, or so it is seems. The mood at the carnival is lively and exciting. It is then
that the two men head towards the catacombs of Montresor's home in search of the wine
Amontillado. The catacombs are a place of death where skeletons lie scattered against the
damp walls, which are covered in nitre. Montresor dons a "mask of black silk" and a heavy
knee length cloak (149). Montresor's clothes seem to indicate his wanting to conceal
himself so he can carry out his devious plan. On the other side of the spectrum, Fortunato
wears a "tight fitting parti-striped dress, and his head [is] surmounted by the conical
cap and bells" (149). His clothing seems to indicate his trusting but foolish nature. The
clothing of both men seems to set the mood for the type of characters they are. However,
Montresor's true character is indicated through his words. From the beginning of the story
his vengeful nature sets the tone for the acts that will follow. One of the first things
that Montresor narrates to the reader about Fortunato is that he "…must not only punish
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