Who is a better person? Fortunato or Montresor? In the story “Cask of Amontillado” by, Edgar Allan Poe is a story that tells about how Montresor was out to get Fortunato, because Fortunato insulted him. Fortunato was a person who liked to drink a lot of wine, because he thought he knew so much about it. Fortunato makes himself an easy target because of his rudeness, the problem he has with wine, and he is very determined to taste the Amontillado.
Fortunato was too focused on the wine that it led to his death. The underground catacombs are a symbol of Montresor’s dark and evil thoughts, while the surface is his happiness or the mask he puts on to hide his darkness. Fortunato is caught in Montresor’s dark thoughts and doesn’t end well for him. Symbolism plays an important role in giving the story a deeper meaning and Poe uses it intelligently in the story to illustrate the revenge Montresor badly
When Fortunato realizes there is no further hope, he stops his attempts to sway Montresor to release him, and instead of hanging his head in defeat signaling the final jingle of his bells. Fortunato let his ignorance take the best of him, which ultimately leads to his demise. It is this pressing theme of ignorance leading to detrimental situations that Poe conveyed through this
By the sound of his name readers would assume that the character is in some way lucky or fortunate, but un all actuality he is the opposite. Throughout the story examples of verbal, dramatic, and situational irony can be found. The whole story in “The Cask of Amontillado” uses irony because Montresor never plans to be Fortunato’s friend. Montresor is actually seeking revenge and in the end he completes plan.
“The Cask of Amontillado” is a short, horror story written by Edgar Allen Poe. It features two wine aficionados, Fortunato and Montresor. Montresor being a man who seeks revenge upon the man who insulted him and Fortunato being the unsuspecting victim of Montresor’s vengeance. Although the main idea of the story revolves around Montresor’s revenge, Montresor's fake affection toward Fortunato, Fortunato's love for wine, and Montresor's hate for Fortunato prove that love and hate can be controlling in the decisions we make.
This was important because it showed how Fortunato caught on and deprived Montresor of the revenge he wanted, the type a true avenger would have received. By Fortunato not answering the calls, Montresor grew sick to his stomach because he knew he would never get the chance again. Likewise, both characters had a change of personality. In contrast, Montresor changed from being cunning and enduring to careless and impatient; while in Gilman’s story, the narrator was passive and submissive then towards the end became impulsive and abrasive. This is because Montresor planned the perfect time to seek revenge on Fortunato, the perfect time, the perfect place, and the perfect distraction.
This blemish generated audience pity, subsequently because of his cockiness, Oedipus and his clouded mind, unfortunately caused him to be extremely paranoid. As Oedipus creeps closer to the truth, his madness increases due to the fact that Oedipus cannot admit to himself the evil things he has done. When Tiresias finally reveals the truth to Oedipus, he cannot accept the truth. Instead Oedipus chooses to believe that Tiresias’ words are some elaborate plot to over throw him, “Are these inventions Creon’s work, or yours (page 14, Oedipus Rex)?” Oedipus’ downfall is due to his hamartia pity inducing because the viewer knows that Oedipus is a morally righteous man with a huge ego.
Montresor here is merely using reverse psychology because he has no intention of going back nor does he care about Fortunato’s health. Fortunato is a fool once again and fails to realize that so he says “the cough's a mere nothing; it will not kill me. I shall not die of a cough.” So they decide to proceed to find this cask of “amontillado”. As you can see its almost as if Montresor is envious of Fortunato when he says “as I once was” which is referring to his wealth, admiration, happiness and etc.
The irony in this situation lies in the fact that Montresor says that he is worried about his friend's health, even though he intends to kill this so called “friend.” Edgar Allan Poe masters the art of verbal irony, and “The Cask of Amontillado” is crammed full of it. The use of verbal irony only strengthens the story. Because of Poe's dark and depressing history, he is able to masterfully explore the deep places of the human conscience. His experiences and his mastery of verbal irony create a twisted mangle of dark layers that truly make this story a gripping
In the short story, “The Cask of Amontillado”, Montresor had lured in Fortunato, and now taunts him, laughing at his unawareness of Montresor’s desire to kill him. In the short story, Montresor toasts to Fortunato, stating, “And I to your long life” (Line 41). When Montresor says this, he wishes for Fortunato’s longevity, even though Montresor himself plans to kill Fortunato later. Through this interaction, the reader understands that Montresor is the villain and is horrified by his desire to kill and his lack of conscience. Poe also uses irony in the short story, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, where the narrator tries to convince the readers of his sanity, while his actions in the story says otherwise.
In the story ¨The Cask of Amontillado¨ by Edgar Allan Poe is a powerful story about revenge that takes readers into the mind of a murderer. Montresor is a perfect example of an unreliable narrator because he was capable of burying Fortunato into a vault. He vows revenge on Fortunato for an insult. He can’t be trusted, even if he’d be lying about Fortunato’s death. Fortunato´s name means ¨fortunate¨ which in reality, he didn 't really turn out that way.
George Gascoigne publishes A Hundred Sundry Flowers, as a collection of various works by unnamed authors, while in fact being his stories. One of his stories, The Adventures of Master F.J., gains quick recognition because it is the tale of an anonymous man who falls in love with an elite married woman. While it may seem like an insider’s view of the events taking place among the higher classes, it remains a fictional story. However, because A Hundred Sundry Flowers is later banned, it demonstrates its similarity to non-fiction. Regardless of Gascoigne’s intentions of editing the story into a conventional manner in the following years; his initial publication suggest to readers the gossip-like qualities of his story are meant to attract readers.
In the short story ,”Cask of Amontillado,” there are many examples of irony used by Poe throughout the story. In the story, the Narrator’s biggest challenge is to get revenge on Fortunato for “one thousand injuries,” but he has to plan how he’s going to do it successfully without getting caught. When the Narrator randomly runs into Fortunato, the author states that, “My dear Fortunato, you are luckily met.” (Poe 59). This is an example of verbal irony because the Narrator didn’t mean it was lucky for Fortunato because he was just telling us how he vowed revenge on him.
Luring an unsuspecting rival into the deep catacombs of the Montresor family and eventually resulting in an inhuman death, Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” stands out from contemporary “mystery” in that instead of leaving the reader asking “who” and “how,” The Cask of Amontillado spurs the relevant question “why” (Baraban 47). Composed in 1846 shortly after Poe rose to fame due to a complexly written poem,: “Poe envied the success of lesser writers and entangled himself in bitter battles with these rivals, which lead to his banishment from the New York and New England literary circles” (Poe 390). Throughout the narrative discussion between Montresor and Fortunato indicate the wealthy aristocratic lineage of Montresor’s family, however
A Warped Perception An unreliable narrator is a narrator in any story whose perspective is biased or questionable. In Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield can be described as such. The unreliable narrator often focuses on what others do wrong and glide over their own faults. Holden definitely falls into that category.