In the book Clash of Kings, George R.R. Martin declaimed, “I will hurt you for this. I don’t know how yet, but give me time. A day will come when you think yourself safe and happy and suddenly your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth, and you’ll know the debt is paid.” Revenge is a dangerous act and can lead to death and injury. 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.
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
In “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe, Fortunato wrongs his friend Montresor, the protagonist. Although what Fortunato did is unknown, Montresor seeks extreme revenge. Montresor completely blindsides Fortunato by doing this as he did not know he was in the wrong. A character analysis of Montresor reveals the theme of desire for revenge through exploitation of Fortunato. Montresor’s first way of exploitation is going out of his way to speak with Fortunato in a friendly way.
In the online article “Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado" the author states, “Montresor, who is the narrator of this disturbing short story, vows to get revenge on Fortunato for insulting him, and Montresor plans to seek retribution upon Fortunato to support his family motto "Nemo me impune lacessit" which means “No one assails me with impunity" in English” (Womack). For Montresor to keep his family’s motto, he has to get payback from anyone who does him wrong, including from his former friend Fortunato. Living by the family motto means if someone attacks a family member they must get revenge without getting caught. Not only has a character analysis showed that Montresor seeks vengeance upon Fortunato he also allows the readers to more of his bad character
In the story The Tell-Tale Heart the narrator is writing the story because he is trying to convince the reader that he is not mad. At the beginning it seems believable until he starts to describe his obsession with the old man’s vulture eye. At this point the reader realize that this person is gradually growing insane. His effort to stop a human life just because of physical imperfection was thought of insanity. Who with right mind would even been thinking about such thing and even the narrator himself said, “It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my head…”.
This makes Dorian paranoid and he fears that the painting will be discovered and his appearance will be forever tarnished to the world. Dorian eventually sees that “his beauty to him had been but a mask, his youth but a mockery,” (Wilde, 223) and the full weight of his sins begin to become apparent. Dorian however caught up in his vanity, refuses to confess any of his sins. Even after committing the most heinous of acts in murder, Dorian resorts to opium addiction to cure his sole. He wishes to erase the act from his memory rather
His words and about amusements and life delectations, that Dorian dives into sensual pleasures, debauchery, and crimes. Kohl argues that “Dorian’s fatal error is to take Lord Henry’s theories as practical guides for life” (156). In “wild desire to know everything about life” (Wilde 44) Dorian destroys destinies of people, corrupting them with his thirst of pleasures. Friendship with him is pernicious for people around: Alan Campbell commits a suicide; Adrian Singleton conducts a pathetic life of the addict, having slid on the bottom; the reputation of the cousin of Lord Henry, Lady Gwendolyn is forever discredited—even her children are not allowed to live with her in one house. Liebmann emphasizes that among the major characters only the Mephistophelean Henry survives, and all others—Sybil, Basil, James Vane, Sir Henry Ashton, Lord Kent’s son and aforementioned characters are the victims of Dorian’s influence (451-452).
Poe’s use of repetition demonstrates how he uses it to describe that the narrator is going mad when he “hears” the corpse of the old man’s heart beating. To illustrate this idea/theme, Edgar Allen Poe writes, “...you think me mad…” (page 358). Basically, Poe uses verbal irony when the narrator speaks to us, the readers, to show that he is crazy, yet he is trying to prove to us that he is not crazy. The evidence highlights that Poe puts in this use of irony to make the plot more mysterious and to keep the reader guessing if he is insane or not. All in all, Poe’s unique writing style involves the use of the literary elements such as repetition and
Poe felt hatred toward death, and wrote of it like death was a person. Which death is not, but Poe liked to express his stories into personification. In “The Cask of Amontillado”, when Montresor was humiliated by Fortunato’s insults, it’s resembled to Poe’s life. When Death took away his family, he felt humiliated by Death, because it happened to them, instead of him. Like it was some sort of game.
The short story never explains the wrong doing that Fortunado inflicted on Montresor, it only reveals Montresor’s need to kill Fortunado in order to perform the perfect act of vengeance. After he seals the tomb, however, he calls out “Fortunado!” twice almost as if he is waiting for a response. Hearing no answer, he speaks of his heart growing sick (Poe). It lets the reader know that he feels some sort of remorse, he is guilt ridden. In conclusion, it is Poe’s use of setting, dialogue and characterization to tell the horrific story of the perfect murder that makes “The Cask of Amontillado,” so intriguing.