Phase 4 Individual Project
Phase 4 Individual Project: Literary Analysis
“Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.” This is the ethical code,
among civilized human beings, referred to as the “Golden Rule.” This rule seems to be
very easy to understand and easy to adhere to. That is, until one is faced with suffering
at the hands of another one’s cruelty. A seemingly natural trait among people is the
exponential increase of malice toward such a one of ill intent and action. To be more
specific, it becomes increasingly difficult a spurned one to stifle the desire to administer
reciprocity toward another’s unkind actions. This leads to the breakdown of the “Golden
Rule,” into what is commonly called “Revenge.”
The two literary works I have chosen to analyze, “The Cask of Amontillado,” by
Edgar A. Poe, and, “Keeping Score,” by David Elder, are perfect examples of revenge.
As stated in Poe’s story, “punishment with impunity,” (Poe, 2009). Not just getting back
at someone, but also making him or her suffer for what they have done.
Such is the case in the story, “The Cask of Amontillado,” where the character,
Montresor, has decided he has suffered insults and injuries, at the hand of his (so-
called) friend, Fortunato, to the extent; he is now meditating murder in the cruelest way.
The description the narrator give is that Montresor has been patient with his friend’s