The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

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In "The Cask of Amontillado," what does the narrator's attitude toward his servants reveal about his view of humanity?

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It should be pointed out that Montresor does not get any respect from his servants. This is because he is poor and probably can only afford to pay them very low wages. In fact, he may not be able to pay them at all on some occasions. He knows that his servants will all leave the palazzo if he orders them to stay, but this does not mean he knows that all servants would behave the same way under the same circumstances. He cannot maintain discipline because he cannot afford to hire good servants. Furthermore, the fact that his palazzo is empty when the servants are gone shows that Montresor lives all alone. It further characterizes him as a lonely, unhappy man. Fortunato, on the other hand, has a wife and a houseful of friends, relatives, and servants. This detail of Montresor's absent servants does double-duty, like so many details in Poe's story, and shows the author's economical use of words. It establishes that the house is empty, so that Montresor doesn't have to worry about anyone seeing him bringing Fortunato home, and it highlights Montresor's poverty and fallen social position. Even his own servants do not respect him because they know how he lives. They know he can't fire them because he couldn't afford to hire any others. Montresor is not planning to murder Fortunato because he is jealous of him, although this certainly doesn't make him any better disposed towards the man; he has suffered a "thousand injuries" at the hands of Fortunato, and these injuries probably have to do with money. The two men are competitors in buying and selling luxury goods such as...

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