The Cask of Amontillado | Critical Essay by J. Rea

This literature criticism consists of approximately 19 pages of analysis & critique of The Cask of Amontillado.
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Critical Essay by J. Rea

SOURCE: "Poe's The Cask of Amontillado'," in Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. IV, No. 1, Fall, 1966, pp. 57-69.

In the following essay, Rea interprets Montresor's actions in terms of Poe's theory of perversity.

The critics say that the theme of "The Cask of Amontillado" is revenge. Hardin Craig says that the first paragraph of the story presents this theme.1 Dorothy Norris Foote finds that revenge is not only the motive for Montresor's burying Fortunato alive but also his motive in telling the story, since he failed to make sure that Fortunato understood at the time that he was the victim of revenge and since revenge is not revenge "when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who had done the wrong."2 Robert H. Fossum seems to think that Montresor acts out of revenge for a wrong he...

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