This one-sided story by the narrator, Montresor, leads to a suspenseful conclusion not only that Fortunato’s insults perhaps are minor, but also that Fortunato may not recognize the issues at all. This lack of evidence and unrealistic friendship lead readers to believe that Fortunato does not deserve to be buried alive. Montresor could be just a sadistic character who wants to murder his enemy for
To finally take said action against his friend and seek his vengeance, Montresor gets the idea to trick him into going inside his vault, where he plans to do his unjust deed. Fortunato is a 'rich, respected, admired, and beloved, man that is also member of the Masons and proud of his ability to judge wines. Fortunato in this story wears a clown or a fool 's costume which is ironic since Montresor intends to make a fool of the man and pledges to take his revenge upon him by taking this to his advantage of the man’s love for wine and provoking the his pride by saying "And yet some fools will have it that his taste is a match for your own’’ (Poe 1846) and doing this it is his pride that eventually leads him to his demise. Were as it being Montresor 's pride in his family motto may very well have led him into committing a totally gratuitous murder, by reason of his so-called imagined injuries and insults of his “friend”
Creon almost seemed like he wanted Haimon to be angry so he put Antigone in the vault. He couldn’t see that Haemon was in love and Antigone was just trying to honor the dead because of his hubris. Creon also says, “My own blind heart has brought me from darkness to final darkness.” This shows he knows he didn’t use his intelligence to solve his problems. He was already heading the wrong direction with his pride and it finally was too much. Creon’s hubris has not let him effectively deal with his
When he comes across Fortunato, the victim of this murderous plan, Montresor announces having bought a cask of amontillado during the carnival, capturing Fortunato’s attentiveness. Subsequently, he asked Fortunato, since he is deeply interested and has a grand and round knowledge on wine, to make sure he has not been deluded. Once Fortunato is determined to go check out the elegant wine, Montresor escorts him through his catacomb. As they trudged along underground, Fortunato’s cough got aggravated with the thick layer of niter on the walls, and as a remedy, Montresor gave him wine, resulting him to be even more intoxicated. As Fortunato’s excitement grew at the thought of amontillado, they entered a less spacious area, where Montresor promises it to be where the exquisite wine was placed.
He describes the experience as “He transforms personal events (including an inebriated, humiliating impromptu performance of his song ‘Dog’ at a tea party given by a famous Hollywood couple” (Bloom). A writer named Dwight Taylor went through this experience with Fitzgerald. “He and Fitzgerald were invited to a party given by Irving Thalberg and Norma Shearer. The only two writers invited, both were determined to keep Fitzgerald sober and not damage his already fragile reputation. Fitzgerald got drunk, insulted Robert Montgomery” (Eble 126).
Starting with, Odysseus getting the Cyclops drunk. Right when the folly Cyclops was about to attack him, Odysseus,”Hands his guest a gift to warm his heart. Our soil yields the Cyclops powerful, full-bodied wine.” (9. 400-401) The Cyclops is offered wine from Odysseus and his crew, and the Cyclops takes it and drinks it. This is an example of trickery because Odysseus tricked the Cyclops into doing something stupid so that he could get a strategic advantage.
Yet, he does not appear to be a severely negative character who would deserve such a horrible untimely end. It is implied that Montresor is crazy and could have imagined the insult towards him. The fact that he does not explain at all the reasons for his actions indicates that he might not have wanted to come across Fortunato's reaction, who would immediately start persuading Montresor that the insult never took place. Montresor murders an innocent person in a particularly cruel way inducing as much horror and desperation within the victim before death is possible. Thankfully, the author omits how Fortunato feels in his last moments when there is either not enough air or water after his prison is
The range by which the term “power” is defined is vast, although any person or object possessing the ability to control one’s mind can be defined as powerful, including alcohol. In The Cask of Amontillado, Fortunato’s love for wine becomes the reason for his demise. Although wine is usually an inanimate object, in this story by Edgar Allan Poe, Amontillado (wine) possess the power to tempt poor Fortunato time and time again, blinding him from a downward spiral that he is walking into, thereby making it “animate” as it controls Fortunato rather than him controlling the wine. Montresor says, “He had a weak point --this Fortunato…He prided himself on his
Lastly, he is insane because of his obsessive thoughts about the eye of the old man. If the narrator was sane, he would have been able to realize that he didn’t have to kill the man to get rid of his eye, he could have asked him to put on an eyepatch or something. He dislikes the eye so much that he compares it to one of a vulture’s eye. Furthermore the narrator states, “ --but I found the eye always closed, and so it was impossible to do the work; for it was not the old man who vexed me, but his Evil Eye(Poe 3).” The narrator says here that without the evil vulture eye of the old man that he would be a perfectly fine nice man who would. This is