Research Paper The famous short story by Shirley Jackson "The Lottery'" was published on June 26th, 1948. The short story has been drawn into discussion for many years for its short, but intricate and complex story. A summary story in its simplest form could be put as a tradition that was followed by a small town called the lottery, but there is so much more contained in between the lines of that statement. The story has a very dark premise regarding the tradition that the town must follow is for the safety of the town itself.
The fact that Montresor states that he is going to “punish with impunity” gives a eire almost spooky feeling, such as killing Fortunato is going to happen. But this feeling later turns to shock in the way that Montresor punished with impunity. In this story Edgar Allan Poe demonstrates that people can be driven by a passionate feeling of revenge and hate to do absurd and incomprehensible acts against their fellow man.
The light of my torch reached but a few feet in the heavy darkness. The warmth of the Medoc earlier had begun to fade away, and I could feel the cold dampness of the catacombs seeping into my flesh beneath my parti-striped frock. “Proceed,” Montresor said, “Herein is the Amontillado. As for Luchesi---” “He is an ignoramus,” I interrupted, placing a shaky foot forward. All this about Luchesi-- though it wasn’t he who had been chosen to taste the Amontillado, after all.
“The Lottery’s” opening lines read: “The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green. ”(Jackson 309). From this line, one can conclude that Jackson is trying to portray the village as a quaint and nice place where townsfolk gather, and no harm occurs. However, this strays far from the truth. As the story continues, the gathering abruptly changes and ultimately leads the townspeople to commit violence and murder.
Montresor’s phony affection towards Fortunato gave Fortunato a false sense of security as he followed Montresor farther into the catacombs. This fake affection is first shown when Montresor tells Fortunato about the conditions of the vaults. Montresor states, “My friend, no. I will not impose upon your good nature... the vaults are insufferably damp.”
Montresor has wrath toward Fortunato for insulting and treating him less. Fortunato was tricked into thinking a different result would happen than his death. Montressor tried to make his own justice of the situation ‘’ At length, i will be avenged. ‘’ pg 83 Poe showing he's going to get back at Fortunato for what he did. “He did not perceive that my smile was at his demise’’
It is evident in the story. In “The Cask of Amontillado”, a scorned Montresor, plots a terrifying revenge for Fortunato. He lures his “friend” into the catacombs of his family by playing on Fortunato's ego. Fortunato prides himself on being an excellent
As readers, we have no idea what Fortunato did to Montresor or his family name to drive him to such revenge. Poe hints at certain things, from revenge and the family crest to his arrogance of insisting that Fortunato penetrate the Montresor vault to acquire the esteemed Cask Amontillado. "The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge" (1126). The only clue is that Montresor systematically closes up Fortunato in a bone chamber perhaps with others who have wronged his family in the past. However, due to the reader's not knowing his true injustice, his murder seems unjustified and maybe even cruel to some
Further hurting the sensitive wound of Montresor’s family, Fortunato admits causally his ignorance of Montresor family motto or arms (Poe 393). Being a man described as someone to be respected and feared, Fortunato undoubtedly further insults Montresor’s sense of familial worth. The passion displayed by Montresor concerning the lineage of his family makes the reader consider whether the transgression leading to Fortunato’s death was aimed at the Montresor family instead of directly at Montresor himself (Baraban 52). Simultaneously a calculated and passionate crime, the murder of Fortunato was to avenge the decreasing family worth. Re-analyzing the quote from the beginning of The Cask of Amontillado: “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge” (Poe 393).
In the story Montresor states, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge” (Poe p174). This leaves a lack of explanation for his revenge, making the readers question why he wants to kill Fortunato so badly. Another way the suspense is heightened is Montresor’s obvious mocking and manipulation of Fortunado. The close friendship between Montresor and Fortunato also adds suspense to the readers. Montresor’s sarcasm and wanting to do evil things, manipulates Fortunado, which leads to the creation of a creepy villain which increases the suspense.
In Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado,” irony is applied throughout to help foreshadow future and give more of an insight to the readers, all while adding some humor. Irony is divided into three main types: dramatic, situational, and verbal. Poe uses dramatic irony when he has Fortunato dress as a jester, “a tight-fitting parti-striped dress and his was surmounted by the conical cap and bells” (Poe). The get-up makes Fortunato looks foolish and foreshadows his actions of following Montresor into the catacombs to taste some wine. Montresor even compliments the outfit and says “My dear Fortunato, you are luckily met” (Poe), but it was not Fortunato who was in luck, but Montresor who would gain profit of their meeting.
In conclusion, it is Poe’s use of setting, dialogue and characterization to tell the horrific story of the perfect murder that makes “The Cask of Amontillado,” so intriguing. Works Cited Delaney, Bill. “Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado.” The Explicator 64.1 (2005): 33-35.
Poe is very unpredictable of what he is going to do, like killing. Character, plot, and conflict of Edgar Allen Poe’s ( Best known for poetry and short stories.) horror fiction short stories. Cast of the Amontillado, The Tell-Tale heart, and The Raven.
He states that Fortunato is a respected man, and that he will be greatly missed, and that he is happy as he once had been. He insists on turning around, and Fortunato refuses. Fortunato says that a cold shall not kill him, and he insists on moving forward. Montresor, I believe, enjoys the irony and agrees that a cold shall not kill him, because he knows that he will be the cause of Fortunato’s death. Fortunato’s lack of knowledge allows his to easily fall for Montresor’s 3rd step in his
Montresor tortures Fortunato, both physiologically and physically. Montresor clearly gives Fortunato “multiple chances to escape his fate” (Delany 34), as he gives Fortunato obvious clues to his true intensions. These include leading Fortunato into a place for the dead, telling Fortunato not to go due to his severe cough that made it “impossible to reply” (Poe 5) at times, reminding Fortunato of his family arms, mentioning Luchesi, and showing Fortunato a trowel. Montresor seems to receive morbid joy out of the fact that Fortunato is so intoxicated that, just like the foot on Montresor’s coat of arms, he is unintentionally “stepping into his own destruction” (Cervo