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Characterization of Montresor, the narrator of “The Cask of Amontillado”

It would be hard to find a person, who didn't here about great writer Edgar Allan Poe. One of his stories “The ask of Amontillado” tells about the perfect murder and ideal murderer. Montresor in this story plays the role of narrator that is not very reliable source of information, because he provides only information he knows and sees. The whole story is about revenge, that is why, we can observe the narrator as a obsessed man, who is planning the crime, because he doesn't see anything except his vengeance.

To better understand Montresor character, it is necessary to find out the details that story tells its readers:

  • His family is quite rich;
  • He has servants;
  • Burial place of his family is situated under the house in catacombs;
  • His family has a manner to revenge on anyone who wants to harm them;
  • He is a perfectionist in planning.

The author didn't give his readers any other facts about the main character of this story. It is not a lot of information, but at the very beginning it is enough to imagine this person. Yet, to look deeper it is possible to see some other features of his character. First of all, he is a cold-blooded killer, who enjoys killing as it is and even find reasonable facts that are able to prove that this is a necessity.

As a narrator, he tells his story that happened 50 years ago. This story makes readers to ask a lot of questions, because it is difficult to understand everything from the very beginning.

It was already mentioned that Montresor is unreliable narrator, but author uses him as a narrator to demonstrate that people are all unreliable and it is impossible to believe someone in everything. Such character provokes people to understand themselves. Reading this story, it is also possible to notice that Montresor is quite sensitive when something happens that is related to his family. He is also a good observer, who understands people. This ability helps him to notice weaknesses in Fortunato, the person he wants to revenge on. Montresor is also very proud of himself, because he is able to plan a perfect crime.

When you read this book, you may imagine Montresor as person, who doesn't look like a human being with feelings, because his actions are carefully planned and to see even a glimpse of emotion is very hard, but you need to look deeper to notice everything that was described above. Readers don't want to associate themselves with this character, because he is not a good man, but he didn't get in trouble because of his violent action.

It would be hard to find a person, who didn't here about great writer Edgar Allan Poe. One of his stories “The ask of Amontillado” tells about the perfect murder and ideal murderer. Montresor in this story plays the role of narrator that is not very reliable source of information, because he provides only information he knows and sees.

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