?The Cask Of Amontillado? & ?Hop Frog? Essay, Research Paper
Montresor effectively fulfilled the first criterion of revenge, which was to punish the victim. Fortunato was punished for his insulting actions upon Montresor. First, Montresor punishes Fortunato by killing him. Montresor lures Fortunato to the dungeon by making him drunk and there he ties Fortunato to the wall and leaves the room, making Fortunato slowly die through suffering. Montresor also punishes Fortunato by killing the friendship between them. Fortunato felt happy at first telling Montresor, ?Ha! ha! ha! ? a very good joke indeed,? but then he realized that Montresor was not joking. Fortunato was hurt because he was trapped behind a wall and he knew that Montresor could save him, but did not. Montresor punished Fortunato by killing him and by killing the relationship between them. Hop Frog, the main character in ?Hop Frog,? by Edgar Allan Poe, also successfully met his goals of punishing the king and his ministers because the king made Hop Frog a jester for his entertainment. Hop Frog punishes the king and his ministers by making fun of them. Hop Frog dresses them in a ridiculous orangutan outfit, in front of the people who attended the masquerade party. As an addition to the humiliating outfit, he covers them with tar and flax, which is a disgrace to the king and the leaders because a citizen should not be able to treat their rulers in a humiliating way. After humiliating the king, he also punishes him by setting him on fire in front of the entire crowd. Hop Frog played his last jest on the king by killing him. Hop Frog punished the king by humiliating him and killing him.
The revenge is only considered a revenge when the second criteria is met, which was to punish the insulter without letting the revenge overtake the punisher and getting away with the vengeance. Montresor punished Fortunato by killing him and he did get away with it, for no one knew what had happened to Fortunato. Fortunato was never heard of and never seen until his skeleton was discovered over a half a century later. After killing Fortunato, Montresor?s feelings of regret did not overcome him. Montresor at first did hesitate and tremble, but he did not let these feeling get to him. He went on placing stone after stone, closing off Fortunato from the rest of the world. Montresor was successful by not being caught for his murder and not allowing his feelings to overtake him. Hop Frog, just like Montresor, was also successful in meeting the second criteria for revenge. Hop Frog gets away with the murder of the king and the king?s seven ministers by climbing up the rope where the chandelier would have been. His plan was devised so greatly, that he had full control over the room for everybody was trapped inside the locked doors, which Hop Frog had the key to. With the people trapped inside the room, he would be able to escape safely without any of them chasing him. He and his wife ?[escaped] to their own country; for neither were to bee seen again.? Hop Frog also is unaffected with the feelings of regret. He never experiences remorse toward the murder of his king. Hop Frog said, ?I am simply Hop Frog, the jester ? and this is my last jest,? which would indicate that he meant to murder the king out of revenge, and he felt no regret for it.
The third criteria of revenge was not successfully met by Montresor, which was to let the victim know that he is being punished and let the victim know what he is being punished for. Montresor was successful in the first part of the criteria because he did let Fortunato know that he was being punished by saying, ?for the love of God,? because after this statement, Fortunato did not reply and he had realized that he was being punished. But Montresor was unsuccessful in letting Fortunato know what he was being punished for. Fortunato merely said that his entrapment was ?an excellent jest? and he thought the whole thing was a joke. He never realized why Montresor murdered him. Hop Frog was also unsuccessful in meeting the third criteria of revenge. Hop Frog did try and let the king know that he was going to murder him. He grated his teeth and the sound was heard from all four corners of the room, and the king did not know why Hop Frog had made the sound. Hop Frog then laughed at this and ?displayed a set of large, powerful, and very repulsive teeth.? Hop Frog was trying to tell the king, by showing his teeth, that he was being punished. But Hop Frog was unsuccessful in letting the king know why he was being punished. Even after the king had offered Hop Frog drinks, which he did not want, and he pushed Trippetta from him, the king did not realize what he was being punished for. Even after Hop Frog laughed and showed his teeth, the king did not realize what he was being punished for and he merely laughed along with the dwarf because he thought all of Hop Frog?s actions were part of his jest.