Another time Poe signals to the reader that Montresor has a trowel—used to apply and spread mortar and plaster—and he will use this trowel to achieve his retaliation. Montresor produces a trowel from his coat pocket after Fortunato does not believe Montresor to be a mason (376). This clues to the reader that Montresor will act on Fortunato by cementing him into the catacombs. This foreshadowing contributes to the mood by creating a disturbing crime scene that no
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 short story The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe is about revenge on Fortunato. After Fortunato says some insulting words he gets tricked into walking into a trap. His passion for wine made it easy for him to get fooled into walking down into a cellar. Once he gets to the end of the cellar he gets trapped by a wall that is built around him as a form of revenge. Fortunato is motivated to go into the cellar because he takes pride in knowing the best wine and he wants to prove that he would have better judgement than Luchesi.
As the reader begins to read the story the author makes it very clear that Montresor wants revenge. The author tells us that the relationship between Montresor and Fortunato was not a good one. The first line of the story goes as follows “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.” (Poe) Apparently, Fortunato had caused pain to Montresor multiple times in the past and Montresor was fed up with it, and finally decided to do something about it. As the story progresses the reader learns the different characteristics of each one of the men. Fortunato, the one who is killed is a jokester, the way the author tells the reader that is by describing his outfit at the carnival, which was a grand
The story “The Cask of Amontillado” begins as the narrator, Montressor, tells the reader of the “... thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge” (533) and how he would get revenge. Montressor never tells the readers of the insult. The readers can foreshadow the retribution the narrator wants, however, they discover it has already been done because the story is merely a flashback. From the start, Montressor takes the reader on a spine-chilling, morbid adventure to resolve a conflict. Montressor’s main goal is to punish Fortunato for his words, but Montressor must get away with it.
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.
While Montresor pretends to be a good friend to Fortunato, it is strange that Fortunato does not realize the problems between them. In order to be believable for readers, the insults must be very painful for Montresor, so it urges him to commit such a crime. “The Cask of Amontillado” is missing an important element of Montresor’s motivation to punish Fortunato by burying him alive. Montresor neglects to explain how Fortunato insults him as the story lays the foundation at the opening paragraph, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge.” (Poe 866); however, no evidence to be found in the story to support Montresor’s claim. No one would not know what Fortunato did to Montresor and should the insults lead to
Violence is an indication of macabre. First, Poe translates this through the “shrill screams” of the subdued Fortunato (240). This use of macabre, assist Poe in revealing Fortunato’s fear of death and moreover his will to live by his chains “furious vibrations” (240). In addition, Montresor “re-echoed” and even drowned out the screams of Fortunato (240). Poe shows Montresors violent demonstration as macabre.
Edgar Allan Poe wrote many thrilling and allegorical short stories, which are very similar to each other when closely looked at.“Hop-Frog” and “The Cask of Amontillado” are two very intriguing stories that have many similarities and few differences; in the end, it is revealed that the themes are strikingly similar. These two thrilling stories reveal that the unstable trait that is pride has many detrimental effects. Pride is what drove Montresor and Hop-Frog to kill their oppositions. Characters and Conflict Both stories share characters and conflicts that are alike in many ways and different in few. For instance, in “The Cask of Amontillado,” there is a man by the name of Montresor, whose pride has been injured.
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 ).