Real Fears

A Cask of Amontillado

Fear of Rejection

The fear of rejection is seen in the story The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe when the main character, Montresor, is so afraid to be insulted and have a dent in his pride that he "punishes" his friend and sworn enemy, Fortunato, for insulting him, "THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge." Montresor tricks his friend into a wine cellar where he chains him to a wall and creates a wall surrounding his friend. Essentially, killing Fortunato for his mistake of offending Montresor, "I continued, as was my in to smile in his face, and he did not perceive that my to smile now was at the thought of his immolation."
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The fear of rejection can be seen the movie Mean Girls when the "homeschool jungle freak", Caddy Heron, moves from Africa and attends high school for the first time. Not only her first real school, but high school is a scary challenge for a lot of people for the fear of being outcasted and harassed.
Mean Girls (1/10) Movie CLIP - Meeting the Plastics (2004) HD