Montresor 's plan was to succeed that Fortunato will become extremely drunk and Montresor will have his successful revenge due to master of reverse psychology and irony. When they were already at the secret place, Montresor masked Fortunato alive. The irony is that the story changed a day of celebration to murder. The important point to the story is the anticipation that foretells a sense of intuition, which Poe’s usage of eloquent words and images that construct a setting that is matching to the story 's ominous plot. The story portrays how revenge is bittersweet, which shows that revenge is rarely as satisfying as we anticipate and often leaves the retaliator less content in the long run.
Both Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” (1846) and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” (1892) depict a clever man seeking his own form of justice. Poe’s Montresor seeks revenge against Fortunato, a wine expert who has insulted him, by killing him with impunity. Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes also seeks justice, but he is trying to save Helen Stoner from her step-father, Dr. Grimesby Roylott, who desires her inheritance. Holmes and Montresor share the qualities of cleverness and determination in pursuing their goals, but they differ greatly in their motivations. As Montresor and Holmes seek their specific forms of justice, they both demonstrate cleverness.
The plot of the short story also helps the reader understand the theme of the story which is revenge. Montresor used wine, something that Fortunato loved, and made it the thing that hurt him the most. The way that Montresor protected his family was represented by him burying Fortunato inside the Montresor’s catacomb. In the end, Montresor talks about how after 50 years of Fortunato’s body being unbothered. The author may have included this last peace to suggest that Montresor got away with murder.
Any fan of the medieval and Victorian eras knows that there are many stories centered around the rectification of lost or sullied honor through varying means of revenge. Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” is no exception. The story’s protagonist, Montresor, feels that his friend, Fortunato, has insulted his family’s honor and decides to take revenge during a nighttime carnival by luring Fortunato into the Montresor family crypt and sealing him inside to die a slow death. Through the use of irony and symbolism, Poe reveals to readers an intense theme of revenge. Poe’s theme of revenge is illuminated through his application of the three different types of irony: dramatic, verbal, and situational.
In this quote, we see that Montresor’s intention is to kill Fortunato, rather than take him to taste the expensive wine. As the story goes on, we get a better picture of Montresor’s evil plan by linking the things that he has said in the beginning with him taking Fortunato deeper and deeper into the catacombs. In The Most Dangerous Game, we realize from very early on in the story that the General’s intention is to hunt, and ultimately kill Rainsford. In the story, the General says: “[The animal] must have courage, cunning, and, above all, it must be able to reason”, to which Rainsford’s answer was that no animal could reason. This quote is the first point in the story it is certain that Zaroff is a murderer.
The first-person point-of-view found in Poe’s "The Cask of Amontillado" is essential in creating the central theme of the story. This style of narration is also important in this particular story, because when a murderous protagonist, Montresor, is allowed to tell the story from his own perspective, the reader obtains a disconcerting look into his mental composure from the initial conjuring of his plan to the end result. The style of narration develops the unsettling tone of the story by allowing the reader to become personally acquainted with the thoughts and intentions of the protagonist. The first person point of view allows certain ironies to become evident, and furthermore, “The Cask of Amontillado” would not have been as psychologically powerful were
Revenge, a thought that has crept into the minds of almost everyone yet, most would not kill to attain it. Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” depicts the murder of a man named Fortunato at the hands of Montresor. “Revenge” being the justification for this cruel act makes the morals of Montresor questionable and gradually builds to form a terrifying story. The dialogue between the two characters and the imagery used to create the catacombs and the twisted carnival atmosphere ultimately makes up this dark story. Throughout the narrative, the language used by Montresor shows deep emotion and disturbing passion for revenge and the punishment of Fortunato.
However, Dr. Van Helsing first encounters with Lucy’s fiancé Arthur, he seems to be relieved .He defines Arthur as “a man we want”(Stoker113), because blood transfusion was seen as, metaphorically an intercourse. As Podonsky argues, “blood and sexuality within Dracula were very closely related, reflecting the Victorians belief that blood is sperm”. As Dr. Van Helming has planed to use Steward’s blood for Lucy, the patriarchy males may interpret it as an implication of sexual intercourse between the maiden and Steward, leaving Dr.Van Helsing no choice but to deflower Lucy, prior to her fiancee’s arrival. Stoker has, successfully, hides the undignified behavior between the
Another time Montresor showed relentlessness was when he said his heart grew sick. After everything happened, “My heart grew sick - on account of the dampness of the catacombs.”(page 4) Right there he could 've been thinking about what he had just did, and be regretting what he just did. Then he says, “to the account of the catacombs.”, what he means there is he is telling you what it could be, and not on regret. Montresor completes killing Fortunato with his intelligence, loyalty, and relentlessness of what Fortunato did to him. “The Cask of Amontillado” is about Montresor killing Fortunato, because he insulted him.
“No trait is more justified than revenge in the right time and place.” – Meir Kahane. People often seek retribution so closely that this act becomes a part of them and ruins their own lives. In “The Cask of Amontillado,” Montresor devises a clever way to attain justice without allowing revenge to destroy his well-being. In this short story, Montresor’s whole plan for killing Fortunato begins with what Fortunato has done to receive Montresor’s wrath. Montresor claims that Fortunato has caused him a “thousand injuries” (Poe) and that he would have his revenge.