Essay 2 English 1102 01

Submitted By jessmummert12
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In order for a perfect revenge to take place, one must not ever get caught; the victim needs to be aware of who is attacking them, and why they are being attacked. In “The Cask of Amontillado”, Edgar Allan Poe gives great detail that leaves a reader on the edge of their seat, anticipating Montresor’s every move and whether or not he will follow through with the revenge he seeks on Fortunato. “… but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge.” (Poe 165). Every word Poe writes adds to the suspense of the story, until finally the reader reaches the climax and the story is over. The first line of the story Poe is already telling the reader that something bad is going to happen. “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge.” (Poe 165). The setting of the story takes place in late world Italy during Carnival season. The setting of the story is important to this particular story because of how Fortunato is dressed and how during the carnival it was a social norm to be drunk. Of course, with Fortunato being a connoisseur in wine and very prideful of himself for it, it would not be all that difficult for him to maybe have on to many drinks. “…for he had been drinking much.” (Poe 165). Fortunate was dressed like a jester during the carnival. During those days the jesters were viewed as the “fools”. This is ironic because Fortunato eventually walks straight to his death without even realizing what is going on. “He had on a tight-fitting parti-striped dress, and his head was surmounted by the conical cap and bells.” (Poe 165). While Fortunato is dressed like a fool, Montresor is dressed in an all black cloak, depicting death. Montresor, who is scheming to kill Fortunato, lures Fortunato away from the carnival by coaxing Fortunato’s ego on how great he is with wine. “I have my doubts,” I replied. “and I was silly enough to pay the full Amontillado price without consulting you in the matter. You were not to be found, and I