Montressor waits for the perfect moment so he can kill Fortunato without getting caught. Finally, he seizes the moment to act upon the revenge he’s been waiting for one night when he finds Fortunato in a drunken state after a carnival. He lures Fortunato into his home by challenging his connoisseurship of wine. He allows Fortunato to believe that he is inviting him because he would like to test his knowledge in wine against another connoisseur. Fortunato is sick with a constant cough, and to top it off very drunk, which in this state he...
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...nd tries not to make a sound. Even when there is a sound, he waits, and doesn’t allow his presence to be seen, if not unheard. On the eighth night, after waiting so long, and taking so much precaution, he finally suffocates the old man with his mattress. The difference here is that, in "The Tell Tale", the murder was very meticulous and calculated. The narrator knew just when and how he was going to kill the old man. In opposition to "The Cask", there was the absence of a murder plot.
I found the situational irony of these two short stories to be quite interesting. In "The Cask", the victim’s name is Fortunato, which stems from the word fortune. Fortunato may have been fortunate as far as his wealth is concerned, however, not so much in his death. I would assume that someone named Fortunato would fortunate in everything, life, health, wealth and even die peacefully.
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