Cask Of Amontillado Montresor Character Traits

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“The Mind of a Killer” “The Cask of Amontillado” is a story by Edgar Allan Poe that delves into the mind of the protagonist, Montresor. Montresor’s internal conflicts with his past-friend and antagonist of the story, Fortunato (who is later killed by his friend), decides to murder his life-long friend for an unknown reason. Fortunato angered Montresor in someway that triggered Montresor’s need to kill his friend. Montresor’s personality is very cut-throat, and he remains that way all throughout the story. With that trait, it is common for Montresor to follow through with anything he puts his mind to, even if it’s planning the murder of his long-time friend. “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge” (Poe 3). This quote signifies that Fortunato offended Montresor passed the point of laughing-it-off -- like friends would normally do.…show more content…
Poe is quite known for giving his main characters unique character traits that are closely related to psychological and/or mental illnesses that define who those characters are in that particular story. In “A Cask of Amontillado”, it is stated that Fortunato insulted Montresor in someway that drove Montresor to murder his friend, but what insult, if any, drives someone to kill their friend? To tie them up and leave them for dead with no chance of escaping? It may never be known as to why Montressor thinks the way he does and his reasons for killing his friend, Fortunato. It is a known-fact that Montresor never changes his mind, nor does he ever second-guess himself throughout the story, which plays a huge role in who he is and how he became that way. More background information about each character would be up-front if the story was written from a different point of
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