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Ever since the first sin has happened in paradise on Earth – human beings are struggling to find a perfect balance between how they have to be and what they really are. In the short story “The Cask of Amontilado” Edgar Allan Poe makes an attempt to observe human’s nature very close by putting two friends together in the middle of the plot and places ambitions and anger of one of them on top of friendship. The story that the narrator tells us takes place in Italy during the carnival in the town. In a time everyone cheers up and has fun dressing up, one soul is deeply obsessed with revenge. The narrator of the story describes the story of punishment that happened fifty years ago with all the details and the feeling of satisfaction; he still considers his past act as the only right thing that had to be done in order to protect his dignity. The short story is presented with symbolism that creates a unified pattern, which leads to a dramatic end. Montresor’s and Fortunado’s costumes, dialogue while walking through the vaults and Fortunato’s torture death – all that symbolizes carelessness and foulness of Fortunato, and careful prudence and hidden anger of Montresor.

The author gave to his characters totally opposite costumes which makes the reader imagine them from different perspective right away. Fortunato is dressed as a jester and “he had on a tight-fitting parti-striped dress and his head was surmounted by the conical cap and bells”. The reader doesn’t take him seriously while imagining the bells on his head ringing from time to time and Montresor’s hate seems unreasonable. Fortunato also looks like a person who is joking around without thinking twice which definitely means he could hurt someone with impropriate jokes, but it doesn’t seem like he takes it seriously - it is just another joke. Meanwhile, Montresor who is not taking part in…...

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