Imagery play very strong in “The Cask of Amontillado” because you can visualize on how Montresor planned his avenge on his friend Fortunato. For example, when Montresor take Fortunato to the stone vault where his family was buried, it said “we could see the bones of the dead lying in large piles along the wells. The stones of the walls were wet and cold.” When the author describes the place where Montresor take his friend you can picture in your mind and say why would someone take their friend to place like that. It makes the scene more scary and creepy because Montresor took his friend to place where his family lived and die. Another example, when the author showed imagery is when Fortunato is screaming in pain, where he is tie against the walls.
Montresor says all cordial comments about Fortunato making him believe Montresor cares about his health. Montresor is actually going to kill Fortunato and Montresor will be overjoyed when Fortunato is dead. Another time irony provides the reader with more than the character’s knowledge is when Fortunato is dressed up for the carnival: he wears a parti-striped clown suit covered with bells (372). This is ironic considering that Fortunato is dressed up as a literal fool. However, he does not know that Montresor is actually treating him as a fool and that he is agreeing to follow Montresor to his death.
Between two families, there was conflict because one family hurt another in a very bad way. Fortunato has wronged Montresor, but his ignorance leads him to think Montresor is his friend. Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “A Cask of Amontillado” portrays the symbolic meaning of Fortunato’s death through some examples of instances where Poe symbolizes the Montresor motto, the laying of the bricks, and the jingling bells. First and foremost, the
“Cask of Amontillado” and “The Most Dangerous Game” are two masterful short stories that explore the human psyche in a dark and mysterious way using heavy amounts of imagery. In “Cask of Amontillado,” written by Edgar Allan Poe,the story artfully utilizes imagery to tell the narrative of Montresor’s plot to murder his friend Fortunato by sealing him within Montresor’s vault. “The Great Game,”by Richard Connell, on the other hand, utilizes imagery by describing the thriller of Rainsford’s close encounter with a crazed hunter ,that hunts humans on his island, after he falls off the deck of his ship. Both of these stories are tremendous spine-chillers, but only one holds the title of having the most effective imagery. “The Cask of Amontillado” is the story that really pushes the imagery to immerse the reader in the tale.
“The Cask of Amontillado” is one of Edgar’s Allen Poe best short narratives with its vengeful characters and eerie and horror-filled atmosphere. The story was published in 1847, to later be known as a classical tale of revenge. Both Fortunato and Montresor were the protagonist and antagonist that kept his short narrative alive and suspenseful to the audience. What also kept his story full of life was what happened to between these characters that made this story revengeful. Though what is revenge?
The short story The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe is about revenge on Fortunato. After Fortunato says some insulting words he gets tricked into walking into a trap. His passion for wine made it easy for him to get fooled into walking down into a cellar. Once he gets to the end of the cellar he gets trapped by a wall that is built around him as a form of revenge. Fortunato is motivated to go into the cellar because he takes pride in knowing the best wine and he wants to prove that he would have better judgement than Luchesi.
Poe shows Montresors violent demonstration as macabre. Second, Poe represents the horror of the eventual death of Fortunato as macabre. Poe relates this horror through Fortunato thinking his situation to be “a very good joke” and a request to “let us be gone” (240). Although death is evident, Fortunato’s tries to negate his horror of death with the idea that he would be released due to it “growing late”, and his predicament being a rouse (240). Lastly, Poe uses Montresor’s succession of a murderous plot, and Fortunato’s suffrage and demise by a volatile nature as macabre as well.
In Edgar Allan Poe’s “A Cask of Amontillado,” Montresor is a diabolical character set on revenge for an injustice he perceives as unforgivable. While the nature of such injustice is never justly stated, it is clear Montresor takes his family motto “Nemo me impune lacessit” (Poe 16), to heart. “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge” (Poe 14). This final injury, although never stated, is the unraveling of Montresor and at length he would be avenged (Poe 14). Hatred and revenge are the driving factors of Montresor’s disquiet and he cannot rest until Fortunato has been dealt the punishment he believes he deserves.
The mood of The Cask of Amontillado is suspenseful! To begin, one point in the story where the mood is created, is when Montresor is giving us the backstory, and he says, “A thousand injuries I had suffered.” and “At length I would be avenged; this was a point definitely settled.” We don’t know what his revenge will be or to what lengths he will go to avenge himself, but we do know that he will definitely get revenge on Fortunato. He always explains how well he has prepared his revenge, but he never tells the reader what his plan actually is. Next, another way the mood is created in the story is the way Montresor describes the surroundings in the catacombs. He uses descriptions such as, “damp ground of the catacombs”, “most remote end of