Throughout the story Montresor and Fortunato show that they are both very clever, but one of them becomes far more clever than the other. Characterization proves the theme that Fortunato's insults make an enemy of Montresor. Montresor becomes vindictive when Fortunato’s insults start turning towards his family. Montresor’s family motto is no one punishes him and gets away with it (Fields). This gives reason to believe that honor dictated that Montresor avenge the insults Fortunato laid at his feet.
This is obvious in the first sentence, which says, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge” (Poe 236). The use of irony is in use throughout the story as well as showing the theme of revenge. The first ironic implement about the story is Fortunato’s name. The name Fortunato is a cognate for the word fortunate. This ties in with the theme of revenge because Fortunato is about to suffer an extremely unfortunate fate.
It provides the reader the ability to question their view on revenge as well as compare it to Poe’s ideas. I, for one, have no major revenge experiences such as the one in the story or any extreme cases in general, but I have had some of my own experiences of “revenge” and my own ideas of it. So while reading Poe’s story, I couldn’t help, but, to disagree with the ideas he presents over revenge. I believe the motive for revenge matters, the extent someone is willing to go for revenge isn’t always extreme, and regret isn’t always the result. In “The Cask of Amontillado” Poe gives no information as to why the protagonist, Montresor, is willing to kill a character, Fortunato, for revenge.
While Fortunato is looking around for the Amontillado, Montresor is building a wall to block Fortunato in which kills him. The story may seem simple at first, but Edgar Allen Poe littered it with ironies. Poe used both verbal and dramatic ironies. The ironies show a deeper meaning in everything Montresor says and in his actions. The first type of irony in the story, “The Cask of Amontillado”, is verbal irony.
In “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe, Fortunato wrongs his friend Montresor, the protagonist. Although what Fortunato did is unknown, Montresor seeks extreme revenge. Montresor completely blindsides Fortunato by doing this as he did not know he was in the wrong. A character analysis of Montresor reveals the theme of desire for revenge through exploitation of Fortunato. Montresor’s first way of exploitation is going out of his way to speak with Fortunato in a friendly way.
“Behind the wall” Suspense is used to bring fear Into a person's mind. In Edgar Allen Poe’s exciting story “The Cask of the Amontillado”, He creates a dark and suspenseful mood. Montresor has been plotting revenge on Fortunato, and the suspenseful mood lead Montresor to force the last stone into position and listen to the wails of Fortunato “low moaning cries”. From the beginning Poe used Montresor to create a suspenseful theme that leads another man locked behind a wall for eternity. The Suspenseful tone is seen through the word of Montresor.
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.
For almost two-hundred years, Edgar Allan Poe has been enticing readers with his spine-tingling gothic tales. Poe is one of the faces of 17th century literature. He was one of the pioneers of modern writing, as he was not afraid to compose pieces related to controversial themes. In his stories, “The Cask of Amontillado”, “The Fall of the House of Usher”, “The Tell Tale Heart”, and “Annabel Lee” Poe uses different elements of author’s style to add suspense and create a mood. The eerie mood apparent in Poe’s writing is conveyed by his use of unsettling imagery and suspenseful syntax.
Edgar Allan Poe is an American literary legend who has altered the way of writing we know today. Poe is not only known for his words on paper, but he is also known for how he has dealt with the difficulties in his life; Poe lost several parental figures in his life, because of this the austere John Allan was his longest fatherly figure. Though all the difficulties in Edgar’s life, he always prevailed to create incredibly descriptive writing. One of the most encouraging and positive people in his life was his loving wife Virgina, she of course, as all things in Poe’s life did not have the average relationship with Poe, she was his cousin. Edgar Allan Poe was often described as being intelligent and talented yet cocky.
As we can see Prospero was powerful and important, he secluded himself in a big castellated abbey with lots of provisions, but as death comes to everyone, he died too. That’s what Poe wants to show us. He makes a personification of death to create the allegory and give us this message, which is really horrible and creepy. It’s a message that haunts us after reading the story. It produces a lasting effect on us, different from all the other elements in the story, which produced an instant effect on us, as the language for example.