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Outline Thesis The Cask of Amontillado is about revenge IIntroduction IIPsychoanalytical Criticism APoes Revenge 1Father 2Mother IIINew Criticism AIrony of Revenge 1Controlled 2Structured IVNew Historicism AHistorys view of Revenge 1Poes Time 2Critics Time VComparison of New Criticism and New Historicism ATexts view similar to Poes BTexts view contrasts with Critics VIReader Response AResponse to Justification BResponse to Success CResponse to Confession VIIConclusion Nemo me impune lacessit Poe 21 Latin meaning no one assails me with impunity In this one line Poe characterizes The Cask of Amontillado It is a story of the perfect revenge and why it is unattainable The main character Montresor executes a plan which he hopes will punish Fortunato the wrongdoer with impunity 18 The short story discloses that the act of revenge is not successful if retribution overtakes its redresser and if the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong 18 This story revolves around those requirements The idea of revenge has played a major role in history and even today influences our culture Through Psychoanalytic Criticism the ramifications of revenge will be explored through New Criticism the storys viewpoint on revenge will be revealed through New Historicism historys view of revenge will be discussed with a comparison to that of the text and through Reader Response the critics reactions to the story will be expounded The storyline for The Cask of Amontillado is presented as a memory Montresor is recalling a dark secret which has been hidden for half a century and is confessing his crime to an unknown silent listener The crime is the taking of a mans life in an act of revenge The vividness of the storyline shows the importance of the memory to Montresor for even after fifty years he still recalls such minor details as Fortunatos eyes being two filmy orbs that distilled the rheum of intoxication This memory embodies Montresors desires
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