Verbal irony occurs when what is said is different from what is meant. In Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado,” an example of verbal irony is the final line of the story when Montresor, the protagonist, has just killed Fortunato by walling him up in a tomb in the catacombs beneath Montresor’s palazzo. Montresor says, “In pace requiescat!” (214) which in English translates to “May he rest in peace!” This is verbal irony because, as Montresor has just murdered Fortunato, the reader can infer that Montresor does not wish Fortunato to rest in peace, though that is what he said.
Edgar Allen Poe wrote many great stories in his lifetime including “The Cask of Amontillado” which is a suspenseful story about a man named Montresor getting revenge on a jester named Fortunato for insulting him and ruining his family name. Montresor got revenge by leading Fortunato to his family catacombs and trapping him in the wall for all eternity, by using suspense, verbal irony and foreshadowing Poe brought us to this climactic point in the story. In the “Cask of Amontillado” Poe tells a story about a man, Montresor, getting revenge on the one who tarnished his family name, Fortunato. Poe starts off the story with a monologue from Montresor talking about how he will get revenge on Fortunato for insulting him Montresor said “at length I will be avenged” (83) showing Montresor plans to get his revenge no matter what.
In the story “The Cask of Amontillado” everyone gets together at the festival. While the event is going on Montresor says, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne an I best could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.” Fortunato told Montresor he would get some of Lachish wine instead of his. Fortunato had a drinking problem which helped Montresor plan to chain him to the wall. Half of the time Fortunato didn’t know where he was.
“Unfortunately, some of our greatest tribulations are the result of our own foolishness and weakness and occur because of our own carelessness or transgression,” (The Refiner’s Fire) says James E. Faust, an American religious leader and politician. In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Cask of Amontillado,” Poe further communicates this message. Montresor wants to obtain revenge on Fortunato, so he lures Fortunato into the catacombs of his palace. Because of his pride and arrogance, Fortunato foolishly follows Montresor into his cellar, falling into Montresor’s scheme to obtain revenge on him. In his short story, Poe relays the theme that when people are foolish and ignorant, it leads to their own downfall.
The Symbolism of Montresor’s Wall Symbolism is the use of symbols to signify ideas and qualities by giving them symbolic meanings that are different from their literal sense. With this in mind, it is clear that Montresor’s wall should not only be considered literally, but figuratively as well. The purpose of the wall in the literal sense is obviously to trap Fortunato and to hide his body. The figurative purpose, however is to provide a coping mechanism for “the thousand injuries [Montresor] had borne as best [he] could.”
In The Cask of Amontillado, the narrator, Montresor, lures Fortunato into his wine vaults in order to murder him. The reason behind it is never clearly stated in the text. Montresor merely says, “A thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.” (Poe 1108) Montresor never reveals the exact nature of the insult, nor the multitude of injuries that he had supposedly borne.
“The Cask of Amontillado” is one of Edgar’s Allen Poe best short narratives with its vengeful characters and eerie and horror-filled atmosphere. The story was published in 1847, to later be known as a classical tale of revenge. Both Fortunato and Montresor were the protagonist and antagonist that kept his short narrative alive and suspenseful to the audience. What also kept his story full of life was what happened to between these characters that made this story revengeful. Though what is revenge?
Montresor is a grudge holder. In the beginning, Montresor, explains why he is angry with Fortunato, but didn’t come into detail of what he did to him. Evidently, Fortunato injured and insulted Montresor, who says that he has endured peacefully as Fortunato repeatedly offended him thousands of time. Fifty year ago, Fortunato use to deny what Montresor would say about, who he was or what he had done, as if it was untrue. Montresor would argue back and forth with him explaining that it was true.
Zaroff and Montresor are two characters in the short stories ‘’ The Most Dangerous Game’’ by Richard Connell and ‘’The Cask of Amontillado’’ by Edgar Allen Poe. Montresor and Zaroff are both wealthy characters who are the antagonist in their respective stories and murder other characters. The motivation behind the killing is what makes them apart from each other. Both of these characters are considered crazy but Montresor seems saner than Zaroff. Do they both have an exceptional excuse for what they did?
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.