“The Cask of Amontillado”. Edgar Allan Poe Analysis. Plot & The Elements of Plot. Plot = [very simply] sequence of events Exposition / Introduction : [usually] provides setting, characters, basic situation
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Edgar Allan Poe
The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge. You, who so well know the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that I gave utterance to a threat. At length I would be avenged; this was a point definitely settled—but the very definitiveness with which it was resolved, precluded the idea of risk. I must not only punish, but punish with impunity. A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong.
Based on the opening paragraph of Edgar Allan Poe’s “Cask of Amontillado,” Montresor is characterized as calculating using his thoughts and words. As Montresor discusses his plans for revenge on Fortunato, he focuses on both the purpose and the outcome; “‘I must not only punish, but punish with impunity. A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser’” (1). His repeated use of the word “punish” in the first sentence and the various ideas focusing on his personal gain or satisfaction, such as “redress” and “retribution” in the second sentence, all demonstrate Montresor’s fixation on seeing Fortunato pay for his indiscretion. Furthermore, Montresor’s plan must ensure his own safety; there can be no risk of harm to himself. He indicates his careful planning when he states his intent to “punish with impunity” as well as the second comment of the need for “retribution” to not “overtake” him. From the start of the story, Montresor shows that he is careful and focused in his desire to do harm.