“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?
Edgar Allan Poe is most famous for the gothic themes he presents in his writings, this was no exception for Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado”. Several important ideas are brought up about the story’s central theme of revenge. These ideas can be broken down into 3 parts: the incentive, the extent, and the reaction of the person partaking in revenge. It is essential to consider these ideas while reading Poe’s story, in order to comprehend his views on revenge. It also provides the reader the ability to question their own views on revenge as well as compare it with Poe’s.
Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, The Cask of Amontillado, details a carefully plotted murder as revenge for an unspecified insult. The murderer, Montresor, carefully lures a wine connoisseur into his family’s catacomb and walls him within a crevice where he claims to have stored an expensive wine. The plot for this scheme appears to be overly meticulous and complicated, especially as one intended to kill for vengeance. In the introductory paragraph, Montresor explains the basis for his specific method: “[A wrong is] unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong.” It is ambiguous what insult or injury generated Montresor’s desire to kill, but it is apparent that each detail in his plan is intended
“Evil is always devising more corrosive misery through man's restless need to exact revenge out of his hate.” This quote by Ralph Steadman, exemplifies the heart of the character, Montresor, in Edgar Allen Poe's short story “The Cask of Amontillado.” Poe, a compelling writer, weaves together a story in such a way that it captivates and entices the reader to want more, even if it leads to mounting horror. He is an author that develops characters and reveals their complex personalities through descriptive language and imagery. The reader is able to imagine, in their mind's eye, the plot being played out.
Most names have a Coat of Arms and with that they have a motto that many live by and pass down .The short story “The Cask Of Amontillado” by author Edgar Allen Poe shows a true act of revenge and tells a tale of a person who lives by their family motto. In the story a man named Montresor gets equal with another character named Fortunato because of insult toward his family. Montressor lives by his family motto “ nemo me impune lacessit”(Poe, 4) which drives him to kill Fortunato for his strong words about his family. Throughout the story it is shown that Montresor is manipulative, skillful, and cultured.
Edgar Allan Poe creates horror and suspense in his use of irony -including verbal irony, situational irony, and dramatic irony-in his short story “ The Tell-Tale Heart”. Verbal irony is when something that is said means the opposite of what is meant. Poe uses verbal irony when he states, “ I loved the old man.” Situational irony is similar. It is defined as when what happens is different from or even the opposite of what we expected.
In Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado,” irony is applied throughout to help foreshadow future and give more of an insight to the readers, all while adding some humor. Irony is divided into three main types: dramatic, situational, and verbal. Poe uses dramatic irony when he has Fortunato dress as a jester, “a tight-fitting parti-striped dress and his was surmounted by the conical cap and bells” (Poe). The get-up makes Fortunato looks foolish and foreshadows his actions of following Montresor into the catacombs to taste some wine. Montresor even compliments the outfit and says “My dear Fortunato, you are luckily met” (Poe), but it was not Fortunato who was in luck, but Montresor who would gain profit of their meeting.
In “The Cask of Amontillado”, Edgar Allan Poe displays the theme of revenge and manipulation. The narrator Montresor pledges revenge on Fortunato for an insult that is never explained. He maintains an appearance of goodwill towards Fortunato and decides to make use of Fortunato's weakness for fine wines against him. During the carnival season, the narrator approaches Fortunato, telling him that he has come across something that could pass for Amontillado a rare and expensive wine. Fortunato being excited about the news insists on accompanying Montresor to the vaults to determine whether it is Amontillado or not.
"The Cask of Amontillado" has a place with the Romantic development in workmanship; it is a piece of the Romantic subgenre of the gothic, a story of repulsiveness with the gothic gear of prisons, tombs, and corpses. Taking care of business, however, Poe rises above the class. As he watched, his frightfulness was not of Germany (which means gothicism) but rather of the spirit. To the degree this is valid, Poe was a pioneer in composing mental fiction, often of amazingly hypochondriac, if not unusual, identities. He likewise was an early promoter of craftsmanship for workmanship 's purpose; not at all like his contemporary, Nathaniel Hawthorne, he didn 't compose moral stories.
Sadie Richards Professor Leivers LIT 1000 22 March 2018 Revenge Stories Revenge-themed stories are popular among some artist in literature. These artists are able to provide their readers with an exciting suspenseful storyline that will most likely keep them engaged. Edgar Allen Poe and Guy de Maupassant are two of the most influential writers of the 19th century who seem to have perfected the art of writing revenge stories. Poe was an American writer, poet, and literary critic known for his short stories and poetry.
Montresor and Hop-Frog Character Comparison Is revenge every justified? In “The Cask of Amontillado” and “Hop-Frog,” both written by Edgar Allan Poe, the characters show many similar traits. In “The Cask of Amontillado,” Fortunato insults Montresor. Montresor then creates a brilliant plan. Montresor takes advantage of Fortunato because he is drunk.
Edgar Allen Poe uses literary devices to express suspense and horror such as foreshadowing, mood, and tone. The author also uses key words and terms to show irony and mood. One example of irony is, “(for the shutters were close fastened through fear of robbers)” (Poe, 62). This is an example of situational irony because the old man thought the crime was going to be committed by someone outside of the home but was committed on the inside by the old man's roommate.