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Is revenge ever justified Mankind believes in the necessity of revengeto make justice by their own hands The idea of revenge has beenpresent in numerous novels television shows as well as movies andfilms For instance in the movie Taken the theme of revenge is clearlyshown when a retired Gonverment Agent Bryan suffers the kidnapping ofhis daughter while on a trip to France and he wants to annhilateeveryone involved in the disappearance promissing to himself to takerevenge for what they did to his daughter Essentially in The Cask ofAmontillado Poe presents the reader with Montressor an egotisticalmaniac whos drive for revenge leads him to imprisoning and killingFortunato the man who supposedly insults Montressor though to whatextent is unknown Poe uses peculiar word choice sophisticated verbalirony and the theme of revenge to convey an eerie and melodramatic moodwhich becomes one of the main elements in The Cask of Amontillado Helping create the mood Poe uses dramatic and verbal irony to helpextend the suspenseful and mysterious mood throughout the story Forinstance when Montressor and Fortunato meet and they want to go trysome of the Amontillado he refers to Fortunato by saying Myfriend no It is not the engagement but the severe cold with which Iperceive you are afflicted 375 Evidently the author is showingverbal irony because clearly Montressor doesnt care about Fortunatoshealth yet he refers to him as friend The use of dramatic irony isimplemented at the end of the story Fortunato says to MontressorWill not Lady Fortunato and the rest be awaiting us at the palazzoLet us be gone379 and Montressor agrees to him by sayingYeslet us be gone379 Clearly both of them say the samephrase however the meaning is different Fortunato wants to go homewith his wife while Montressor wants him gone foreverFurthermore theuse of dramatic irony is present when Montressor tells himself thatIcontinueto smile in his face and he did not perceive that my smilenow was at the thought of his immolation
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