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Character Analysis
"The Cask of Amontillado," commonly spelled as "The Casque of Amontillado," is a short
story written by a renowned writer name Edgar Allan Poe. The story was plotted and set in an
unmentioned Italian city in an unspecified year. Its primary focus is about a man who had vowed
to take revenge on a former friend he believed had insulted him. the narrative revolves around an
individual getting buried alive by immurement. The story is therefore solely based on a
murderer's perspective. One particular character in the story, named Montresor, catches our
attention. He is the primary protagonist who has taken it upon himself to commit revenge against
his alleged abuser, Fortunato. This essay shall focus on analyzing the characterization of
Montresor as the main character of the story.
In this story, the dark side of humankind is demonstrated through Montresor and
Fortunato (his victim). Montresor is an evil and manipulative individual who is after revenge on
his friend. These attributes eventually lead to his victim's demise, who had wronged him by
doing him "a thousand wrongs" (Poe, 68). through the behaviors, actions, thoughts, and choice of
words, the reader can see his plan and carry out his devious acts on his friend turned enemy.
Montresor puts on "a mask of black silk" (Poe, 192). His clothes choice seems to indicate that he
wants to conceal his identity to execute his despicable plans. On numerous occasions, his true
nature is expressed through his words.
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From the onset of the story, his vindictive nature sets the tone of all the preceding
happening. For instance, he states that by punishing Fortunato, he "must not…with impunity"
(Poe, 191). His manipulative nature becomes evident when he tells Fortunato that he will have a
different person come to taste the Amontillado if he remains unwilling to taste the wine himself.
He tricks him into the vaults of their forefathers to get the drink. He continually pretends to be a
cordial, caring friend until everything goes haywire. Montresor later commits an act so foul that
there is no hope left of him. Along with being vengeful and manipulative, he also displays some
other critical traits. He addressed Fortunato while at the Labyrinth, saying, "Your health is
precious… admired, beloved; you are happy as I was once" (Poe, 193). This demonstrates how
punitive he was by diverting any suspicions away from himself by asking his target victim if he
was alright. All this time, he pretends to care while in the real sense, he is the perpetrator of all
Fortunato's misery du0e to excessive consumption of wine.
Montresor lured Fortunato into his house to execute his plans on him. He first caters at
his ego by stating that someone else…of wine as he (Poe,76). He progressively tricks him into
believing that there exists a unique and high-priced bottle of wine lying in the depths of his
catacombs. When they got there, he shackled Fortunato on the wall, erected a bricked tomb
around him, and left there for death. There are claims that Fortunato had earlier hurt Montresor
severally, "The thousands of injuries of Fortunato…I vowed revenge" (Poe, 75)." The kind of
picture that Montresor paints into our minds regarding Fortunato is far from the truth. He makes
us believe that he was an unkind and abusive individual while he was very helpful and kind
towards him in truth. This goes on to indicate that he was also a liar.
The name Montresor is pronounced as "Mon trésor," literary means "my treasure."
According to him, Montresor's valuable and good name was in line with this short story; he felt
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insulted, belittled, and disrespected. He, therefore, does the unimaginable to maintain his "good
name." Consequently, his insanity, deceitfulness, vengefulness, and cunningness came alive as
he planned and carried out an execution on his "enemy" Fortunato.
Conclusively, through the entirety of the story, we can all see how Montresor managed to
lure Fortunato into a trap to kill him. This only tells the kind of a person he was. Even after
committing the act, his vengeful nature wouldn't let him rethink the atrocity he had just
committed. His primary concern was to fulfill his desire of avenging the insults he claimed to
have been subjected to. He ended up performing a crime that no one ever got to know about. As
human beings, the story teaches us that we should not hold grudges over an issue that can easily
get solved. We can talk things through and agree on common ground instead of causing harm to
others.
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Work Cited
Poe, Edgar Allan. The cask of amontillado. Prabhat Prakashan, 1981.
Character Analysis Essay
Although a character in a literary work is fictionalized, he/she is usually developed as a
psychologically realistic depiction of a person. In other words, a character in a story
should reflect a real life person. When you analyze a character thoroughly, you should
consider whether the character is dynamic or static, round or flat, told about and/or
revealed through his/her actions. You should also consider the character’s actions and
behavior, any physical descriptions of the character, speech and language, gestures,
name(s), interactions with other characters, reactions to others or the environment,
background, etc. The more carefully you study the character, the more you will “know”
him or her.
Directions: Write a short essay of approximately 650-700 words in which you
analyze one of the characters listed below. You will make a claim about this character
and support it with specific textual evidence (quotes and references from the story) and
your observations of human nature. See a sample character analysis essay in your
textbook beginning on page 60.
In the introduction, name the story (in quotation marks), the author’s full name, and
introduce your focus of analysis. Craft a clear and focused thesis in which you make a
claim about the character that must be supported (and which also gives purpose to your
analysis). The body of the essay is where you develop and support your claim(s) with
clear and thorough evidence. Your conclusion should bring the essay to a smooth end
and perhaps explain the importance of the topic or leave the readers with a significant
final thought.
Begin working on this assignment early so you have time to mull over ideas, write a
clear thesis statement, develop strong and sufficient support, craft the essay, and revise
it.
Your entire essay should be written in third person. No first person (me, I, us, we), and
no second person (you, yours).
Topics: 1) The townspeople in “A Rose for Emily”
2) Queenie or the customers in “A & P”
3) Montressor in “The Cask of Amontillado”

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Surname 1 Student's name Instructor Course Date Character Analysis "The Cask of Amontillado," commonly spelled as "The Casque of Amontillado," is a short story written by a renowned writer name Edgar Allan Poe. The story was plotted and set in an unmentioned Italian city in an unspecified year. Its primary focus is about a man who had vowed to take revenge on a former friend he believed had insulted him. the narrative revolves around an individual getting buried alive by immurement. The story is therefore solely based on a murderer's perspective. One particular character in the story, named Montresor, catches our attention. He is the primary protagonist who has taken it upon himself to commit revenge against his alleged abuser, Fortunato. This essay shall focus on analyzing the characterization of Montresor as the main character of the story. In this story, the dark side of humankind is demonstrated through Montresor and Fortunato (his victim). Montresor is an evil and manipulative individual who is after revenge on his friend. These attributes eventually lead to his victim's demise, who had wronged him by doing him "a thousand wrongs" (Poe, 68). through the behaviors, actions, thoughts, and choice of words, the reader can see his plan and carry out his devious acts on his friend turned enemy. Montresor puts on "a mask of black silk" (Poe, 192). His clothes choice seems to indicate that he wants to conceal his identity to execute his despicable plans. On numerous occasions, his true nature is expressed through his words. Surname 2 From the onset of the story, his vindictive nature sets the tone of all the preceding happening. For instance, he states that by punishing Fortunato, he "must not…with impunity" (Poe, 191). His manipulative nature becomes evident when he tells Fortunato that he will have a different person come to taste the Amontillado if he remains unwilling to taste the wine himself. He tricks him into the vaults of their forefathers to get the drink. He continually pretends to be a cordial, caring friend until everything goes haywire. Montresor later commits an act so foul that there is no hope left of him. Along with being vengeful and manipulative, he also displays some other critical traits. He addressed Fortunato while at the Labyrinth, saying, "Your health is precious… admired, beloved; you are happy as I was once" (Poe, 193). This demonstrates how punitive he was by diverting any suspicions away from himself by asking his target victim if he was alright. All this time, he pretends to care while in the real sense, he is the perpetrator of all Fortunato's misery du0e to excessive consumption of wine. Montresor lured Fortunato into his house to execute his plans on him. He first caters at his ego by stating that someone else…of wine as he (Poe,76). He progressively tricks him into believing that there exists a unique and high-priced bottle of wine lying in the depths of his catacombs. When they got there, he shackled Fortunato on the wall, erected a bricked tomb around him, and left there for death. There are claims that Fortunato had earlier hurt Montresor severally, "The thousands of injuries of Fortunato…I vowed revenge" (Poe, 75)." The kind of picture that Montresor paints into our minds regarding Fortunato is far from the truth. He makes us believe that he was an unkind and abusive individual while he was very helpful and kind towards him in truth. This goes on to indicate that he was also a liar. The name Montresor is pronounced as "Mon trésor," literary means "my treasure." According to him, Montresor's valuable and good name was in line with this short story; he felt Surname 3 insulted, belittled, and disrespected. He, therefore, does the unimaginable to maintain his "good name." Consequently, his insanity, deceitfulness, vengefulness, and cunningness came alive as he planned and carried out an execution on his "enemy" Fortunato. Conclusively, through the entirety of the story, we can all see how Montresor managed to lure Fortunato into a trap to kill him. This only tells the kind of a person he was. Even after committing the act, his vengeful nature wouldn't let him rethink the atrocity he had just committed. His primary concern was to fulfill his desire of avenging the insults he claimed to have been subjected to. He ended up performing a crime that no one ever got to know about. As human beings, the story teaches us that we should not hold grudges over an issue that can easily get solved. We can talk things through and agree on common ground instead of causing harm to others. Surname 4 Work Cited Poe, Edgar Allan. The cask of amontillado. Prabhat Prakashan, 1981. Character Analysis Essay Although a character in a literary work is fictionalized, he/she is usually developed as a psychologically realistic depiction of a person. In other words, a character in a story should reflect a real life person. When you analyze a character thoroughly, you should consider whether the character is dynamic or static, round or flat, told about and/or revealed through his/her actions. You should also consider the character’s actions and behavior, any physical descriptions of the character, speech and language, gestures, name(s), interactions with other characters, reactions to others or the environment, background, etc. The more carefully you study the character, the more you will “know” him or her. Directions: Write a short essay of approximately 650-700 words in which you analyze one of the characters listed below. You will make a claim about this character and support it with specific textual evidence (quotes and references from the story) and your observations of human nature. See a sample character analysis essay in your textbook beginning on page 60. In the introduction, name the story (in quotation marks), the author’s full name, and introduce your focus of analysis. Craft a clear and focused thesis in which you make a claim about the character that must be supported (and which also gives purpose to your analysis). The body of the essay is where you develop and support your claim(s) with clear and thorough evidence. Your conclusion should bring the essay to a smooth end and perhaps explain the importance of the topic or leave the readers with a significant final thought. Begin working on this assignment early so you have time to mull over ideas, write a clear thesis statement, develop strong and sufficient support, craft the essay, and revise it. Your entire essay should be written in third person. No first person (me, I, us, we), and no second person (you, yours). Topics: 1) The townspeople in “A Rose for Emily” 2) Queenie or the customers in “A & P” 3) Montressor in “The Cask of Amontillado” Name: Description: ...
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