Reading Reflection On The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allen Poe

June 23, 2022 by Essay Writer

Danielle Nolan Dr. Cheatam ENG 102 February 14, 2018 The Cask of Amontillado Edgar Allen Poe’s, The Cask of Amontillado is a story where the storyteller starts by disclosing to us that Fortunato has harmed him. Far more terrible, Fortunato has offended him. The storyteller must get exact retribution. He meets Fortunato, who is altogether spruced up in a lot of garments for a festival festivity − and as of now is an exceptionally alcoholic man. The storyteller says he’s found a barrel of an uncommon cognac called Amontillado.

So, he and the storyteller go to the underground memorial park, or ‘mausoleum,’ of the Montresor family. Obviously, that is the place the storyteller keeps his wine. The storyteller drives Fortunato more profound and more profound into the mausoleum, getting him drunker and drunker in route. When he has one block left, he mentally torments Fortunato until the point that he asks for kindness. The storyteller is named by Fortunato which calls him ‘Montresor. ‘ After Fortunato shouts out Montresor’s name, he doesn’t have any more lines. In any case, just before Montresor places in the last block, Fortunato rings his chimes. At that point Montresor completes the activity and abandons him there to be left in the dust. At the very end, Montresor reveals to us that the entire undertaking happened fifty years back, and no one has discovered. Therefore, I agree that Montresor was dying slowly at this moment and told a priest his sins.

The theme of this story was seeking revenge. Which if he was speaking to a priest he would be looking to be for forgiveness. Montresor mentioned ‘ You, who so well know the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that I gave utterance to a threat. ‘ (Poe 250) He is speaking spiritually, so a priest would know the nature of his soul. A soul would normally be associated with a priest or someone of the spiritual world. We would assume that he is catholic because he is speaking Latin and that is the origin language of the catholic church. He is confessing in seek for forgiveness I assume. He never actually says he is seeking forgiveness from confessing his horrible confession. So, since he isn’t seeking forgiveness he wouldn’t be talking to a priest. He could be talking to a close family member, like his mom, wife, or siblings.

The listener is clearly someone who knows Montresor well. I do not feel as if Montresor was feeling guilty because he never asked for forgiveness. You can’t redeem yourself for killing someone, unless you spiritually ask a priest for forgiveness. That doesn’t mean he isn’t guilty anymore. Since he doesn’t ask for forgiveness, we could take the look as if he is bragging about killing Fortunato. He clearly knew what he was doing and seems to think it’s okay to kill someone as if he doesn’t find a wrong in it. This is a reason why I feel as if he couldn’t have been talking to a priest. He would more than likely tell this to a family member or a close friend if he isn’t asking to be forgive from his sins. The pride of Montresor has been shamed and he couldn’t stand to enable Fortunato to live. Montresor appreciates recounting Fortunato’s death by foretelling the arranging of Fortunato’s passing, demonstrating the how he did it, and showing the pride and imagery in his plan to kill him.

‘The Cask of Amontillado’ is filled up with pieces of information that indicates toward the horrible death of Fortunato. For example, the scene where Montresor was strolling Fortunato to his pipe of amontillado in the sepulchers contains anticipating information. This sentence shows that own passing is upon himself which is Fortunato. ‘Your cough – it is nothing he said but let us go on” (Poe 253). Montresor realizes that Fortunato will die from his wrathful plan of catching him and driving him to his own starvation. Proven that this takes place in Italy and its catholic ties, I do think Montresor was talking to a priest for either forgiveness or just confessing this as his last words. Using my critical perspective, he referred to the word soul and I personally thinks he is speaking to a priest. This book also is ethos and pathos. It gets you emotionally connected and spiritually connected. Authors often use religion to get people connected even when its hidden. That is another reason I feel as if he is speaking to a priest.


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