Montresor Symbolism Analysis

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The Symbolism of Montresor’s Wall Symbolism is the use of symbols to signify ideas and qualities by giving them symbolic meanings that are different from their literal sense. With this in mind, it is clear that Montresor’s wall should not only be considered literally, but figuratively as well. The purpose of the wall in the literal sense is obviously to trap Fortunato and to hide his body. The figurative purpose, however is to provide a coping mechanism for “the thousand injuries [Montresor] had borne as best [he] could.” (Poe 1). The passage is unclear about what misdeed Fortunato incurred upon Montresor, but it can be inferred that it bothered Montresor so much that the idea of burying Fortunato alive seemed to be an appropriate revenge.
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