The Parodox Of Revenge
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The Parodox of Revenge
The Paradox of Revenge
“The Cask of Amontillado” raises a question pertaining to the multiple character of the self (Davidson 202); Can harmony of one's self be restored once primal impulses have been acted upon? This question proposes the fantasy of crime without consequence (Stepp 60). Edgar Allan Poe uses first person point of view, vivid symbolism and situational irony to show that because of man's inner self, revenge is ultimately not possible.
Edward Davidson suggests that Montresor, the main character of the story, "has the power of moving downward from his mind or intellectual being and into his brute or physical self and then return again to his intellectual being with his total self being unimpaired" (202). However, Poe tells this story from Montresor’s point of view. The use of first person narration provides the reader with insight into Montresor's inner struggles. First person narration is Poe's method of insur...
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