What type of personality does Montresor have in The Cask of Amontillado?

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The Cask of Amontillado

-- Anonymous, February 12, 2001


In response to you inquiry concerning the attitude of Poe's Montressor, allow me to submit one interpretation, if I may. As men go, concerning his psychological aspect, he is one of the same as most are. He exhibtis thoughts of immolation and retribution through what seems to him to be rational means. Where he differs from the majority of the populace is in that he pursues his thoughts and makes his desires manifest. He is one to not only accomplish his goal of vengance, he does so in a way that is remarkably clever, as so many Poe characters do. Montressor exemplifies many of our own wishes subsequent to extreme or repeated insult, or any wrong placed upon us by another. It is his acts that convey what it is he feels. Obviously, this is a very intelligent character who takes what we think to a level upon which our thoughts become deeds. I hope that this may at least in part be of some assistance. P A Regan

-- Anonymous, February 13, 2001

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