Montresor is desperate for avengement after Fortunato disrespects his lineage “a thousand times” and devises a plan of revenge against Fortunato (Poe 68). Within his plan, Montresor stresses that he “must not suffer as a result of taking [his] revenge” (Poe 68). Montresor’s horror at being caught rather than the thought of murdering another person shows a serious lack of mental stability. Beyond the absence of guilt, the thought that Montresor puts into murdering Fortunato is concerning. Like Fortunato, Montresor is knowledgeable on fine wines, and he uses this as the heart of Fortunato’s demise.
On the other hand, In “Tell-Tale Heart,” the man’s personality is described as insane, constantly nervous, and paranoid. He rarely sleeps at all and portrays to be completely lonely. Once the man kills the old man, he instantly begins hearing a noise a heart pumping. The pumping of the old man’s heart, which is getting louder each moment, portrays the killer’s guilty conscience. However, in the the “Tell-Tale Heart, the murderer’s unstable mental health and guilty conscience lead him to bury the old man’s body under the floorboard in an extremely brutal manner.
Oedipus hubris is what causes his tragic downfall because he blinds himself from Tiresias prophecy, avoids Apollo’s prophecy, and his pursuit in trying to find Laius’ murder. Oedipus calls in Tiresias to reveal the murder of Laius. Tiresias arrives but he would not reveal the murder of Laius and gives out riddles about the murder. Oedipus does not understand the riddles and ends up getting furious with Tiresias. Tiresias calls him blind and says he does not know his own past.
One who is full of wrath towards a “friend” and is seeking revenge, another who is prideful and has gluttony over wine. Fortunato knows his wine as far as the year, the fragrance it has and the different qualities of the wine. He is always insulting Montresor saying he knew nothing about wine like he does. Montresor wants to plan revenge against Fortunato for every insult he has said to him and it being carnival time he sees it’s the perfect time to do so. He must be smart and have a well thought out plan.
Montresor gets Fortunato drunk off the other wine and then traps him behind a wall in the catacomb to starve to death. And Then There Were None is similar to this short story because both Wargrave and Montresor pick their victims by the wrongdoing the victims have done. At the beginning of The Cask of Amontillado, Montresor thinks, “ The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge” (Poe). Even when Montresor is luring Fortunato to his death, Fortunato continues to insult him. “You are not of the masons."
If Fortunato had not been drunk at the time of his homicide, he would not have been susceptible to the enticements of his murderer, Montressor, and would not have been killed. The Cask of Amontillado is an eloquent story narrated from the murderer’s point of view. Montressor seeks revenge against Fortunato for numerous insults the reader can only imagine. In order to determine the severity of the apparent injustices, Fortunato himself must be understood. Montressor describes him as being “rich, respected, admired, [and] beloved,” as well as “a man to be … feared” (Poe 274-276).
”(133) This stirs up Fortunato's pride and makes him offer to check Montresor's amontillado instead of Luchesi, his supposed rival in wine expertise. Additionally, he plans the date of his murder on the carnival so Fortunato would be drunk as well as being inconspicuous to wear a mask and a costume so nobody would be able to identify the person that went off with Fortunato. When Fortunato arrives at the vault he makes a scene where he seems genuinely caring and toasts him, “'And I to your long life.' ”(135) The irony is that Fortunato won't have to wait long before his demise and that Montresor only said it to advert suspicion from Fortunato. He managed to trick Fortunato until the very end which proves how clever he is.
The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe ?The Cask of Amontillado? by Edgar Allan Poe is a story about two men at a carnival, the narrator Montresor, who is being eaten by jealousy, and Fortunato, a rich drunk man that has a weakness for wine. It is through deception that Montresor achieves his revenge against Fortunato. He did not believe that killing Fortunato is wrong because of the insults and injures Fortunato brought against him. ?The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne.?
(Baraban 47-48) A big ... ... middle of paper ... ...leries of Polonius, and the clumsy jests of the Roman citizens, were omitted, or vested in heroics?” A Cask of Amontillado beautifully exemplifies this topos: the murderer, Montresor plans to kill his friend as he has been offended too many times by Fortunato. Now at least, he had an ’intelligible’ motive to kill Fortunato. In Tell-Tale Heart however, there is no clear-cut hint that the protagonist wants to get even with the old man (or the eye). Despite the lack of vengeance in the murder, the killer’s mind and the old man’s ghost gets revenged on the narrator, as our killer goes mad and confesses everything to the police. Works Cited Baraban, Elena V. The Motive for Murder in "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe, Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature, Washington: Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association , Vol.
Instead of a sincere condolence to Fortunato’s death, this line hints at Montresor’s pride in killing him. Although he succeeded in killing Fortunato to amend the injustices, the narrator remains fixated on the event. This suggests an attachment, or obsession, that leaves the conflict unresolved. By exploring how various obsessions can overtake the psyche, The Cask of Amontillado takes an unclear position on its murderous plot. The reader can sympathize with the murderer, both Montresor and Fortunato have the same vice, and the entombment does not finalize the conflict.