Edgar Allan Poe wrote an eerie and sinister piece of work called “The Cask of Amontillado.” The tale is told by a narrator named Montresor, who was insulted multiple times by a man named Fortunato. Montresor goes to great lengths in order to seize revenge against his enemy. In pursuance of luring Fortunato into Montresor’s catacombs, Montresor misleads Fortunato into believing an expensive wine called Amontillado is
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.
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. Fortunato becomes a target for revenge for saying something insulting. He does not realize that he is a target for revenge because he is being complemented. Once he hears about the pipe that passes for Amontillado he is excited and feels lucky to be consulted over Amontillado. He is fooled based off of his emotions he feels happy because of his love of wine he is excited to see what is in the cellar.
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.
Between two families, there was conflict because one family hurt another in a very bad way. Fortunato has wronged Montresor, but his ignorance leads him to think Montresor is his friend. Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “A Cask of Amontillado” portrays the symbolic meaning of Fortunato’s death through some examples of instances where Poe symbolizes the Montresor motto, the laying of the bricks, and the jingling bells. First and foremost, the
Sadly, Fortunado seems to have an alcohol addiction. Fortunado was drunk throughout the entire story and drank wine during the short story. He was also in Montresor’s family’s catacombs to get more wine. He even risked becoming ill due to the niter just to get some of Montresor’s Admontillado. Near the middle of the short story, Fortunado drinks some Médoc that Montresor presents him with.
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
A major theme of “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe is revenge and secrecy. Throughout the story Montresor plots and carries out his revenge against Fortunato. During the time the story takes place, protecting your family at any cost was acceptable, so to protect his family he kills Fortunato. The two characters that were introduced are Montresor and Fortunato. As the reader begins to read the story the author makes it very clear that Montresor wants revenge.
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
Montresor used Fortunato’s love of wine to lure him into the catacombs, where he could take his revenge. Fortunato was blinded by what his fate would be. The same goes for the King and his seven ministers. Hop-Frog took advantage of them and used what they prided themselves in to ultimately kill them. He started off by telling them that he had a great joke to play out, so they immediately went along with his plan.