Review of Poes Cask of Amontillado

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“The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge… at length I would be avenged; this was a point definitely settled… I must not only punish, but punish with impunity.” Poe’s story is a case of premeditated murder; a powerful tale of revenge. In reading this story, it becomes quickly apparent that this tale has been carefully crafted to create a desired …

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…to view Fortunato as a foot who has accidentally stepped on the snake, and Montresor as the snake ready to attack. Clearly, irony, point of view, and symbolism mold this short story into a powerful tale of revenge. Poe uses these aspects to shape the story in virtually every possible way. A tale of simple revenge becomes a tightly woven work of the narrator’s evil mind. Bibliography Poe, Edgar Allan. "The Cask of Amontillado."