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. In order to convey this to the audience Poe uses foreshadowing, suspense, and exposition to reveal the intentions of Montresor. The first literary tool Poe uses in order to reveal the intentions of Montresor is exposition. Poe uses exposition in the beginning of, “The Cask of Amontillado,” in order to get the rest of the story in motion. Poe writes, “Fortunato had hurt me a thousand times and I had suffered quietly.
Montresor and Hop-Frog were both hurt in the same ways; their pride was wounded. Those who hurt these two characters also had great pride. Fortunato prided himself in wine, and considered himself to be a connoisseur of wine. The King and his ministers prided themselves in jokes and practical jokes. Montresor used Fortunato’s love of wine to lure him into the catacombs, where he could take his revenge.
Tooth for Tooth In the short story “A Cask of Amontillado” two wealthy rival Italian men with a taste for wine descend into the catacombs of one of the noblemen’s house who goes by Montresor. All is not well, though, as Montresor’s rival Fortunato has offended him greatly in the past, all of which has convinced Montresor enough to seek out vengeance on his rival and past friend. Through careful planning and patience Montresor proves that the recurring theme of this story is that revenge is a dish best served cold, and that the overwhelming amount of deceit shows the hatred Montresor had for Fortunato. The insult that was dealt to Montresor by Fortunato provokes him to cease their friendship and causes him to seek out revenge on Fortunato, thus making it more effective. As said in the short story Fortunato insults Montresor in the past: “THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge” (Poe ).
Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth” is about a man named Macbeth who is an ambitious person, will commit atrocious acts to achieve his desires. At the end of the play, Malcolm expresses Macbeth and lady Macbeth as “this dead butcher and his fiend like queen”. Lady Macbeth’s evil is restricted to the first murder, but on the other hand, Macbeth who starts off as a noble hero, goes from one ruthless killing to the next. Even though Macbeth has made immoral decisions, you still need to consider the fact that the audience has a clear understanding of both Macbeth and lady Macbeth’s conscience and guilt from the murders afterwards. Therefore, since they have conscience and experience guilt, it is difficult to say they deserved this epitaph.
The Ultimate Revenge in “The Cask of Amontillado” Edgar Allen Poe’s twisted nature is well represented in the unique writing style of “The Cask of Amontillado”. This short story takes the reader into the mind of a vengeful murderer who seeks the ultimate revenge. Throughout the writing, Poe combines emotion and imagery to impact to the reader. The construction of this dark and sinister work is manipulated by Poe by using the theme, point of view and tone. The theme is made clear in this story from opening line.
In “The Cask of Amontillado” Edgar Allan Poe creates a theme surrounding many types of justice. You can infer this is his theme because of the way that Montresor sought for revenge, in the way justice was served, and once the justice is finally served in Montresors eyes. First and for most, Montresor was determine to get revenge upon Fortunato for his wrong doings. Poe states, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge” (236), in this statement he is showing how hurt and angered he is by Montresor words and how he has now vowed revenge on him for such actions. Montresor states from the beginning that he wants revenge for the fact that Fortunato had insulted him; along with all the injuries he had endured.
Montresor and Fortunato are the two main characters in this story. Fortunato likes wine and he “thinks” he knows a lot about wine, when in the end it gets him killed. Fortunato is a very rude person and has a lot of revenge coming his way, even though he has no idea about
In Edgar Allen Poe’s story “The Cask of Amontillado”, the main character Montresor uses cunning and calculating deception to pull off his plot of revenge. This story is told in a calm and collective manner, with hints of jokes and merriment. Make no mistake Montresor is a cold blooded killer who shows no remorse for the misdeeds he has done. Montresor views his actions as an inevitable task that must be carried out. Montresor deceives his house staff and Fortunato to complete his successful, diabolic plan.
“Unfortunately, some of our greatest tribulations are the result of our own foolishness and weakness and occur because of our own carelessness or transgression,” (The Refiner’s Fire) says James E. Faust, an American religious leader and politician. In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Cask of Amontillado,” Poe further communicates this message. Montresor wants to obtain revenge on Fortunato, so he lures Fortunato into the catacombs of his palace. Because of his pride and arrogance, Fortunato foolishly follows Montresor into his cellar, falling into Montresor’s scheme to obtain revenge on him. In his short story, Poe relays the theme that when people are foolish and ignorant, it leads to their own downfall.
By studying Macbeth I have learned that ambition and greed can lead to one's downfall. Macbeth goes out of his way and works extremely hard to kill Duncan and obtain the throne from him. Throughout the play, Macbeth keeps his ambition constant by having Banquo and Fleance killed as they starts suspecting Macbeth killed Duncan. (III.2.p.39). "There's comfort yet; they are assailable; there shall be done A deed of dreadful note" In this quote Macbeth is talking to Lady Macbeth in-explicitly telling her Banquo and Fleance will have to be killed and a wrong deed will be committed.