Alcohol is a noteworthy theme throughout Edgar Allan Poe’s writing. This may be because of Poe’s struggle with alcoholism. There are two prominent stories Poe has written with strong themes of alcoholism. These stories are the “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Black Cat”. In “The Cask of Amontillado”, alcohol plays a large role in the story. Alcohol is the bait used for Fortunato, which leads to his eventual death. This story can be interpreted as an internal struggle in regards to alcoholism. “The Cask of Amontillado” illustrates alcohol as a negative substance. Alcohol is the bait Montresor has set up for Fortunato in “The Cask of Amontillado”. Fortunato can’t help but get lured into the trap because of his thirst for alcohol. …show more content…
Montresor’s family motto translates to: no one provokes me with impunity. Fortunato has insulted Montresor, which seals his fate in Montresor’s eyes. Once someone has insulted Montresor, that someone can expect punishment. The family motto confines Montresor’s mind into believing that Fortunato must be killed. Despite the lack of vindication for Fortunato, Montresor is bound to be affected negatively by the murder. For the rest of Montresor’s life, he has to hold on to the secret that he murdered Fortunato. Secrets such as these take a toll on individuals. Another take on “The Cask of Amontillado” is that Fortunato acts as a symbol for Montresor. By killing Fortunato, Montresor is also symbolically killing a part of himself that he is ashamed to possess. The act is not purely performed out of revenge, but subconsciously as a way to move past Montresor’s weaknesses. This does not play out for Montresor, because even fifty years after the incident, his account of the event in question is highly detailed. The murder has not left his mind, and it is not bound …show more content…
“The Masque of the Red Death” confines a group of people to one building to prevent death. Unfortunately, death finds them anyway. No matter how hard one tries, avoiding the situation will do no good. One day the situation will be forced to be faced. “The Black Cat” has a concise message regarding confinement compared to other stories of Poe’s. In many ways, the narrator is confined mentally. Once he starts drinking, his irritability is constant. He is annoyed by Pluto(his cat), and he has begun to abuse his wife. After he starts living the way he is now, he cannot go back to living the way he lived before. The narrator cuts out his cat’s eye, and later kills the cat. The narrator is confined to his path of madness and drunkenness. The narrator’s irritation gets worse, and he attempts to kill the new cat. His wife interjects, and the narrator kills his wife in anger. He chooses to hide his wife’s body in the walls of the cellar. The police search his house, but they don’t find anything, and the narrator becomes overly confident. When he taps the wall hiding his wife’s dead body with a cane, there’s a loud shrieking noise. Ultimately, the narrator gets
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Montressor is very prideful of his family linage and this is where we can understand his actions as he plans and carries out the killing of Fortunato. The retaliation on behalf of his family can be a reason to why Montressor carries out the act of killing his insulter. He leads him into the crypts of his family, only to be continually insulted and questions by his “friend”. Eventually leading him to his death, which we also know as “amontillado”, but unbeknownst to Fortunato, whom believes they are on a venture to seek a famous
Montressor chooses to have the revenge take place in the catacombs because he is trying to avoid punishment. When they were in the catacombs Poe quotes “its walls have been lined with human remains, and the bones had been laid promsicoule on the earth”(Poe 8). This quote is important
He was so filled with spite, that he felt like murder was the only way to avenge his family’s name. It is unfortunate that he thought that the best way to do it. Montresor builds up his betrayal of Fortunato from early on. The way the he fakes their friendship, and the way he continually gives Fortunato wine is just a part of his plan of betrayal. He even showes Fortunato the very trowel that would incase him in brick.
The story is narrated by an unnamed man who addresses the scheduling of his death the following day within the first paragraph; as a result, he plans to unburden his soul of his malicious wrongdoings. The narrator uses alcoholism to explain his actions, and it is obvious that there is a degree of mental deterioration that he is aware of. He begins by explaining the fondness he had of animals from a young age. He cared well for them, and his love for animals continued through his life and into his marriage. Once married, the narrator and his wife took care of a variety of animals including goldfish, rabbits, and a monkey; the one animal that he grew a strong attachment to was a large, entirely black cat named Pluto.
He obsesses to revenge with physically and perfectly, and also enjoys it during the process of the plan. He is not lazy to prepare for revenge, he takes advantage of Fortunato’s pride well and lures him to the vaults. He chews well and enjoys the last moment of his death. In this story “The Cask of Amontillado”, Montresor is described a very callous and cruel man. Poe describes the mental state of a man who is going to kill people horribly and admirably.
In life, mostly everyone will want revenge on someone they know that did wrong to them. When Montressor wanted revenge, he went insane and planned to kill the person who did him wrong. In the real world, most people do not try to kill someone if they did them wrong. Montressor is insane because of the way he got revenge on Fortunato. Poe proves in this story that some people use different, harsher ways to get revenge on
For example, after the narrator gouges his cat's eye out, the cat becomes petrified of him. As a result the narrator ". . .slipped a noose about its neck and hung it to the limb of a tree" (Poe 9). The narrator's reasoning for this was his incessant drinking and short temperament, although that is hardly an excuse. Later on in the story, the narrator finds another cat, who he also attempts to kill for no good reason.
In the gruesome short story “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allen Poe a nameless narrator tells his story of his drunken and moody life before he gets hung the next day. The intoxicated narrator kills his favorite cat, Pluto and his wife with an axe. Soon enough, the narrator gets caught and there he ends up, in jail. Although, most readers of “The Black Cat” have argued the narrators insanity, more evidence have shown that he is just a moody alcoholic with a lousy temper.
The lack of mental stability, homicidal tendencies, and the large gap in time, it is safely said that Montresor is not a reliable narrator. It is apparent to the reader that he does not have all his marbles. In what society would someone who is not all mentally there be seen as a reliable source? The fact that he is able to pick up on Fortunato’s weakness and exploits them proves how unreliable he is.
Although this is to lure his victim to his untimely fate, Fortunato goes to his death with much ignorance and thereby joy. Poe’s writing for Fortunato is far more grave than that of the old man. One doesn’t appreciate the death as much because of how deadly of a game he is playing into. From a readers perspective, Fortunato walking down to the cellar is like watching a lamb walk into a wolf den; wholly unsuspecting of their outright fate both are set to be slaughtered from their very arrival. The whole tone of “The Cask of Amontillado” is more gruesome in every way compared to “A Tell-tale Heart”.
In his short story “The Cask of Amontillado,” Edgar Allan Poe digs deep into the depths of the human mind and explores the darker territories of human life. Poe suffered many losses during his life, and these loses allowed him to write about the downward spiral that accompanies the human mind. Throughout this story, Poe masters the use of verbal irony. One of the first times that Poe utilizes verbal irony is Montresor's encounters with Fortunato in the streets during the last day of the Carnival season. Montresor says, “' My dear Fortunato, you are luckily met ,'” (5).
As we can see from the evidence, Montresor accomplished murder because of his intelligence, cleverness, and his manipulation skills. Due to the fact that Montressor is clever, he was able to lead Fortunato away to murder him. Based on his actions, we saw that Montresor was very intelligent which made it easier for him to kill Fortunato. Looking closely at how Montresor acted when he talked to his attendants, we saw that he was very manipulative"
This essay will be focusing on the world where his story “The Black Cat” takes place. This world of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Black Cat” is unnatural, with heavy themes of violence. Characters in this world behave unnaturally with violence and cruelty, and murder is commonplace. “The Black Cat”" starts off a man who loves his black cat Pluto. Though he loves Pluto he begin starts to have outbursts due to alcoholism.
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. Montresor says, “THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as