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Bullying in the "Cask of Amontillado

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Vaishnavi Mahajan

on 18 October 2013

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Bullying in the "Cask of Amontillado"
By: Vaishnavi Mahajan, Hannah Duran, and Alisha Oberg
Main Question: How is "The Cask of Amontillado" related to bullying in modern time?
We see bullying, in modern time, as hurtful, wrong, and careless. The bully sees bullying, in modern time, as picking on students of the weaker intellect, and strength for popularity. In "The Cask of Amontillado" the character, Montresor who is insulted one too many times by Fortunato, takes a reactive approach on Fortunato by planning revenge. We can refer the action he took, to bullying in modern time.
American Bullying vs. Japanese Bullying
Bullying in America is very straight forward and usually for a higher point in the social status or for power. It is usually physical and can be found in forms of cyber bullying, notes, gossip, and being ostracized because of who they are. Whereas, in Japan, it's all about being like everyone else, it's less direct and is severe. They have strength in numbers to bully someone, but are individuals when it comes to stand up for a victim, in fear of being alienated themselves. In America, adults will try to figure out what is wrong and try to help you, but in Japan don't count on anyone to go out of their way to help you. You are on your own.
Going into Depth
In Japan, bullying isn't taken as a serious crime, in fact, a majority of people turn a blind eye and pretend that it's no there. There is a fear created that even two people who were ostracized, will not create a friendship or join forces, instead they will ignore each other and not dare to speak in fear of further harassment. According to the article, "Anatomy of Child Bullying In Japan 2: Bullying in different cultures", the four tired system involves victims, bullies, spectators, and indifferent by-standers. In the following clip, each part of the four tier structure is demonstrated.
Video example
Related to The Cask? I think so.
Revenge. It's the first word and the cause of the example of bullying in "The Cask of Amontillado". Montresor started off being bullied by Fortunato. Fortuanto used things like speaking bad about Montresor, which caused him lots of loss in many areas. Like wise, the effects of bullying are the same: anger, sadness, and frustration. These are some of the emotions created by bullying.
The Circle.
The circle of bullying, it's what our character, Montresor, demonstrated here. Bullying the bully, in other words. "The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge." (7). Montresor was about to turn the tables, bullying the bullier through many means.
Relating the Video to American Bullying
In the video the bullies pick on the hot dog vendor, which is witnessed by two teens. Lelouch the guy from the two, who witnessed the scene, stops the girl from helping the hot dog vendor. The bullies leave after Lelouch uses his powers of manipulation, in which the bullies get bored and leave. This gave the girl a chance to help the beat up vendor. Because of the girl's higher rank, the hot dog vendor pretends nothing happens and offers him something from his cart. Just like in modern day, people, even after being bullied will still fall under the pressure of people with higher status than them.
The Final Connection
Montresor wanted revenge on Fortunato. He had a motive to bully. The name calling must have had effected him greatly to go as far as revenge. He had the wrong idea when he thought that, " A wrong is undressed when retribution overtakes its redresser." (7). In our lives everyday, we are aware that there are people who are called names and bullied. They also wish for revenge, but that never goes well, based on the basic knowledge we all have. In this case though, it went to far and the bullying ended with the death of Fortunato. Bullying can kill, in the story and in real life.
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