Have you ever been insulted or judged by someone for something you did or the way you represent yourself to society? In the short story “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe, it talks about two friends Montresor and Fortunato, whose fates are determined by murder and revenge. Montresor planned to seek revenge on his friend for the insults he has committed despite Fortunato who isn’t aware of Montresor anger. The author of “The Cask of Amontillado” used symbolism and imagery to describe the theme of revenge. In the beginning of the short story, Montresor defines revenge on his friend Fortunato for believing he has insulted him.
Another time Poe signals to the reader that Montresor has a trowel—used to apply and spread mortar and plaster—and he will use this trowel to achieve his retaliation. Montresor produces a trowel from his coat pocket after Fortunato does not believe Montresor to be a mason (376). This clues to the reader that Montresor will act on Fortunato by cementing him into the catacombs. This foreshadowing contributes to the mood by creating a disturbing crime scene that no
How these Experiences relate to“The Cask of Amontillado” Support #1: “The Cask of Amontillado” features a sinister narrator who seeks revenge upon being insulted. Montresor, decides that he must “not only punish” Fortunato, “but punish him with impunity” (stanza one). Support #2: Though both experienced differently, like Montresor, Poe had also been humiliated.
In “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe, Montresor, the narrator, seeks revenge and justice for being insulted by his friend, Fortunato. Montresor lures Fortunato into the catacombs where a cask of amontillado is kept and buries him alive and then keeps it secret for the half of a century. However, Montresor does not explain how Fortunato insults him and the story seems to be a lack of evidence to support his motivation to kill Fortunato. In additional, the nature of their friendship is never fully explained which makes the readers wonder if they were ever truly friends or not. While Montresor pretends to be a good friend to Fortunato, it is strange that Fortunato does not realize the problems between them.
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.
Comparison paragraphs using the CEC technique on The Most Dangerous Game and The Cask of Amontillado Violence is a crucial part of both The Most Dangerous Game and The Cask of Amontillado. The theme of these stories is murder, and, what is more, both murderers see nothing wrong with their actions. In The Cask of Amontillado, we know that Montresor is taking Fortunato to the catacombs to kill him. We see that Montresor’s intentions aren’t the ones he’s telling Fortunato from the beginning in the following quote: “he did not perceive that [Montresor’s] smile now was at the thought of his immolation”. In this quote, we see that Montresor’s intention is to kill Fortunato, rather than take him to taste the expensive wine.
A major theme of “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe is revenge and secrecy. Throughout the story Montresor plots and carries out his revenge against Fortunato. During the time the story takes place, protecting your family at any cost was acceptable, so to protect his family he kills Fortunato. The two characters that were introduced are Montresor and Fortunato. As the reader begins to read the story the author makes it very clear that Montresor wants revenge.
Lastly, Poe uses Montresor’s succession of a murderous plot, and Fortunato’s suffrage and demise by a volatile nature as macabre as well. Fortunato’s unwillingness to reply, along with “only the jingle of the bells”, is Poe’s reflection of macabre (240). In addition, Montresor’s “heart grew sick” as he accomplished his task leaving Montresor to death stating “In pace requiescat!” (240).This is Poe’s final relation of macabre. In conclusion, Southern Gothic Literature has thrived since the late 20th Century. This literature engulfs its reader in numerous and astonishing ways.
"Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls. The massive characters are seared with scars. "- Khalil Gibran. In the short story, “The Cask of Amontillado,” written by Edgar Allen Poe, the main character, Montresor, suffers from an abnormal physcology for revenge due to his name being mocked by a man named Fortunato. Montresor is so consumed by his hatred for Fortunato that he deliberately creates a plot to murder Fortunato to seek justice for himself and his family name.
Additional evidence of Montresor’s madness Is given when the men refer to his house motto and coat of arms. Montresor’s house motto, “Nemo me impune lacessit”, means to punish with impunity, and it is immediately evident that he takes this motto literally. The fact that he plans to punish Fortunato without being caught reveals that he doesn’t plan to let Fortunato leave the vaults. Likewise, Montresor’s coat of arms seems quite appropriate relative to what is happening in the story: “A huge human foot d’or in a field azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel” is analogous to Montresor, the foot, crushing Fortunato, the serpent (Poe 238). Taking his motto, a few voiceless words, as law is quite an insane idea, and characterizes Montresor as a madman.