Poe cleverly uses foreshadowing to contribute to his menacing tragedy. Poe delivers countless hints that provide readers the ability to predict what will happen next. Montresor is disconcerted that Fortunato imposes so much pain on Montresor’s life, but justice has not been served. In the short story, Montresor conveys his coat of arms and his family motto, “‘the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel… Nemo me impune lacessit’” (375-376). This expresses that a foot crushes a snake whose fangs are in the foot’s heel and his family motto means “no one injures me with impunity.” The snake closely resembles Fortunato, who is inflicting pain on Montresor by “biting” him.
In “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe, Montresor, the narrator, seeks revenge and justice for being insulted by his friend, Fortunato. Montresor lures Fortunato into the catacombs where a cask of amontillado is kept and buries him alive and then keeps it secret for the half of a century. However, Montresor does not explain how Fortunato insults him and the story seems to be a lack of evidence to support his motivation to kill Fortunato. In additional, the nature of their friendship is never fully explained which makes the readers wonder if they were ever truly friends or not. While Montresor pretends to be a good friend to Fortunato, it is strange that Fortunato does not realize the problems between them.
In Edgar Allan Poe’s “A Cask of Amontillado,” Montresor is a diabolical character set on revenge for an injustice he perceives as unforgivable. While the nature of such injustice is never justly stated, it is clear Montresor takes his family motto “Nemo me impune lacessit” (Poe 16), to heart. “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge” (Poe 14). This final injury, although never stated, is the unraveling of Montresor and at length he would be avenged (Poe 14). Hatred and revenge are the driving factors of Montresor’s disquiet and he cannot rest until Fortunato has been dealt the punishment he believes he deserves.
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.
Furthermore, Montresor obviously has planned for this revenge ahead of time and been waiting for the day that Fortunato will show up. Montresor is aware of Fortunato’s connoisseurship and love for wine, that made it easier for Montresor to accomplish his mission. Another example of Montresor’s maliciousness is that he keeps on calling Fortunato as ‘My friend’. Also when he offered Fortunato a bottle of Medoc wine to keep him warm, which will also get him drunk to fall into Montresor’s
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 ).
Moreover, it is a murder done as a tool that he uses to protect his honor and dignity. The scariest thing about Montresor's murder is that the only mention of Fortunato's disrespect is in Montresor's own tale. There is no other evidence that Fortunato was indeed disrespectful to Montresor. He comes off as a representative of aristocracy who likes to have fun at various parties and enjoy exquisite alcoholic beverages. Yet, he does not appear to be a severely negative character who would deserve such a horrible untimely end.
Have you ever been insulted or judged by someone for something you did or the way you represent yourself to society? In the short story “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe, it talks about two friends Montresor and Fortunato, whose fates are determined by murder and revenge. Montresor planned to seek revenge on his friend for the insults he has committed despite Fortunato who isn’t aware of Montresor anger. The author of “The Cask of Amontillado” used symbolism and imagery to describe the theme of revenge. In the beginning of the short story, Montresor defines revenge on his friend Fortunato for believing he has insulted him.
The character shows some of his masonry skills when he uses them to build a wall over Fortunato, he also shows other skills by plotting out a murder during an event where there are many people out. At the end of the story Montresor states “Against the new masonry I reerected the old rampart of bones. For the half of a century no mortal has disturbed them.”(Poe, 6).This shows Montresor had plotted it all and has only ever told one other person of the act who is also another carrying the same name of him . Lastly Montressor is very well cultured man having grew up in a family that had some upperclassmen and his use of his words. In his time with his enemy Fortunato Montresor had used many of his words against him for what he had said to him before.
A killer does not have a uniform, but an executer typically wears a black silk mask. Knowing this the reader can sense what will happen to Fortunato. Fortunato is drunk in The beginning of the story, which affects what he does to lead him to his death. “His eyes flashed with a fierce light” (Poe 2013). Knowing how drunk he is affects his judgments for when Montresor takes him to his death, showing how he made those