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‘Se7en’ and ‘The Cask of Amontillado’

Updated on August 15, 2017


The films ‘Se7en’ and ‘The Cask of Amontillado’ tells a story of how seven sins were a course of most the main characters’ downfall; these sins are greed, sloth, lust, pride, envy, gluttony, and wrath. In this page, we will focus on wrath and try to how it can be a major undoing for a human being.


In the film, ‘The Cask of Amontillado’, the Producer takes the audience on a journey through the minds of a mad man. He employs certain techniques to convey his message. The story is about revenge by Montresor who uses his family motto ‘You cannot attack me without being punished’, he swears to take revenge on the insults directed to him by Fortunato. Montresor’s anger is something that most people can relate to, especially me; I am short tempered and tend to impatient with things or situations most of the time. The only consolation I have is at least it does not lead to someone else being killed. Montresor also goes unpunished for his sins. He justifies his action by saying “I must not only punish, but punish with impunity”; to him revenge is the only way to administer justice (Poe, 2016). In the movie, Se7en wrath is portrayed when Mills avenges his wife’s death. According to his reasoning, being wrathful is not taking innocent blood; in the film, John Doe is guilty of many sins.

Mill’s validation of his ‘righteous’ anger is seen in the scene when John Doe explains his plans to punish the wicked, as a result, Mills gets angry. Another act of wrath in the film is sullenness. For instance, Somerset is getting angry at the idea of his retirement. This act of turning his anger upon himself gives birth to the idea of bringing Mills’ career down with him (Gregory, Mack, and Kalvoda, 2007). From this scene, we see that the moral of the story is that we are bound by our ignorance to make the wrong choice and become guilty of them unless we are informed about our sins and virtues. As for my case, I have been improving with time and slowly learning to deal with my weaknesses.


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