As the reader begins to read the story the author makes it very clear that Montresor wants revenge. The author tells us that the relationship between Montresor and Fortunato was not a good one. The first line of the story goes as follows “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.” (Poe) Apparently, Fortunato had caused pain to Montresor multiple times in the past and Montresor was fed up with it, and finally decided to do something about it.
The first indication of his madness is seen in his emotional instability; specifically, the “result of inappropriate emotional responses” (Demian). For Montresor this is seen in his immediate need for revenge. When he states, “but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge”, Montresor reveals how his prideful nature leads to an inappropriate emotional response to the situation (Poe 236). Consequently, it is argued that a sane minded individual wouldn’t have sought retribution for such a menial occurrence. Additional evidence of Montresor’s madness Is given when the men refer to his house motto and coat of arms.
During the story, the narrator, Montresor, consistently gets put down by his friend Fortunato, who mocked the narrator’s family name. Montresor, being very proud of his family name felt
First, there is the narrator, the maniac, driven by his compulsive hatred of the “evil eye” to kill a man he says he loved. He is a case study in madness, tormented by that satanic eye that he simply must destroy. His madness is quite convincing and profoundly disturbing because it seems so capricious and meaningless. Indeed, seldom has the mystery and the horror of mental illness been so vividly portrayed. The “eye” also has a double meaning.
(line1190) (lines 1220-1223) I know that, too—and it disturbs my mind. It’s dreadful to give way, but to resist and let destruction hammer down my spirt---that’s a fearful option, too. Teiresias is trying to tell Creon that he has made a mistake and should reconsider what he has ordered and Creon is strongly reminding him that he is King. #2.
Some may argue that it was not his fault that he was killed, for the prolonged feud between the two households, Montague and Capulet, could be considered the reason for the fight and death. In being rivals for so long, the households grew to violently despise the other. This led to Tybalt's desire to duel with Romeo, for he hated him for no reason except his last name. If the households were not enemies, neither would Tybalt and Romeo. Mercutio, right before his death, said, “A plague o’ both your houses!
This is in the quote “He was about to congratulate himself for having finally discovered his true mission, when his letter to Mariana reached his hands. Naturally, he censored it without regret. And just as naturally, he couldn’t stop them from executing him the following morning, another victim of his devotion to his work.” In this quote, he ironically orders his own death sentence. This satires the idea of Censorship.
It was known at the time that Montresor comes from a very proud family, and of course he had to punish Fortunato so he does not appear weak. The greatest example of Montresor’s pride is when he said “I must not only punish but punish with impunity.” (179). Although this is Montresor’s judgment, he will not accept it if it was for him “A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong.”
He will stand up to his own family and betray them just to make sure Tartuffe will always be made to look like a saint. Orgon calls out his own son and banishes him for accusing Tartuffe of being a hypocrite. “Traitor! And how dare you even try To tarnish this man’s virtue with a lie”(Tartuffe 3.6.19-20). Tartuffe’s greatest act in the play is shown when he begins to tell Orgon his true demeanor.
I don 't know what you will think of me, Claudia, and my husband, Jack, after hearing this cautionary tale of struggle, achievement, success, betrayal, murder, and undying love. Most likely, you will come to the conclusion that Jack and I are a couple of sociopaths who probably should have never coupled to begin with. If you come away from this thinking that, well, I will understand; however, if after you hear what I have to tell you, you come to the conclusion that all things happen for important reason and purpose, then this story I dedicate to you, and hope that fate is as kind to you as it has been to Jack and me. My story opens in the autumn of 1981.
“The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe is what is considered the best short story ever written, showing the true nature of the human being. Poe captures the reality of the aggression that one can suppress through this dark story expressing the secret hate between two characters. “The Cask of Amontillado” shows emotions that almost all the readers can relate to in one way or another, and that everyone has a breaking point in which they cannot take any more abuse or neglect. The main character “Montresor” has an old friend by the name of “Fortunato” who has caused Montresor many injuries and has even gone to the length of insulting him.
In “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe, Montresor is shown as sly, sadistic, and irrational. Montresor is shown to be sly in the story when he uses Fortunato’ s weaknesses to trick him into his own death. Montresor said, “ I have received a pipe of what passes for Amontillado, and I have my doubts.” (Poe 374). This quote shows that Montresor is sly because during this part, he is drawing Fortunato in because he knows that his favorite thing to do is drink so he wouldn’t be able to resist the temptation of tasting the Amontillado.
NWA (National Wrestling Alliance) is one of the most watched programs on television where people are ripping at each other to compete for money. People around the world seem to enjoy violence. Writer’s use violence in their pieces to draw outsiders in because there is a common interest, which is violence in this case. The principal characters in the short story’s “Thank you, M’am”, “Harrison Bergeron”, and “The Cask of Amontillado” show a universal flaw. Violence is common in the personalities of the leading characters in these short stories.