He answers with, “Nemo me impune lacessit” (Poe 110). “[This] motto is also the motto of Scotland and the Order of the Thistle”(Cervo 155). At the beginning of the story Montressor says, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge”(Poe 108). This means that Fortunato had said something that insulted him and Montressor’s pride is driving him to feel the need not to retaliate immediately but to plan out a revenge that will ultimately lead to him killing Fortunato. It is not told in the story what Fortunato said to insult Montressor in order for him to justify his revenge against Fortunato.
A theme in The Cask of Amontillado is the revenge. Montresor explains that he has been deeply hurt and offended by Fortunato. Montresor does not simply say he will take revenge on Fortunato, but he “vowed” revenge. That demonstrates the commitment that Montresor has towards his revenge. His revenge consists of a carefully manufacture plan that will end the life of Fortunato.
He mentions his family arms as, “[a] huge human foot d’or, in a field of azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel” (Poe). This quote, to me, means as, “[a] ... ... middle of paper ... ... (Poe); he goes ahead and throws the torch through the last hole, and pushes in the last brick. Even though Montesor has his traits of anger, hatred, and revenge on Fortunato from firmly believing in his family motto and arms, he shows signs of feeling guilty for wanting to kill Fortunato. He attempts to keep Fortunato from following him into the catacombs even though Fortunato still refuses, not know what was going to happen to him. However, at the very end of the story, Montesor seems to have lost all feelings of guiltiness when he says, “For half a century no mortal has disturbed [Fortunato’s grave].
Fortunato's character represents a foolish man who succumbs easily into temptations. Poe makes the story more interesting and comprehensive as it sets certain emotions within the audience to sympathize with Fortunato for desire of the Amontillado, and the complete trust in his friend. Works Cited Clendenning, John. “Anything Goes: Comic Aspects in ‘The Cask of Amontillado.’” Short Story Criticism. Vol.
Grendel watches Beowulf and his band of Geats land their ships on the shores of Hrothgar’s kingdom. Grendel observes Beowulf speaking to the coastguard, and notices that Beowulf’s eyes are “slanted downward, never blinking, unfeeling as a snake’s”(135). Grendel’s observations about Beowulf’s destructiveness are proven true as he engages in mortal combat with the Geat. When Beowulf takes hold of Grendel’s arm, Grendel feels as if Beowulf’s “fingers are charged like fangs with poison”(148). After this battle, Grendel’s arm is pulled off at the socket, and he retreats to his cave to die.
In the story “The Cask of Amontillado” Montresor does not execute perfect revenge. Throughout the story, and especially at the end, Montresor tries to convince himself that he is getting the revenge he wants. He wishes to restore his honor that was hurt from Fortunato’s insults, but instead he ended up making his life a guilty one. This is shown by the narration of the story. Montresor is telling the events leading to the murder of Fortunato, and the murder itself, in a regretful tone.
The perfecting of bantering would help Stevens improving himself and his relationship with the new home owner Mr. Faraday. Steven is acting ethically in terms of Royce his interests remain in his need to serve others, and he has utmost respect for these interests. Royce describes loyalty as active furtherance of a chosen cause. The chosen cause is linked to personal interests to remain loyal he must respect these interests. Stevens remains loyalty to his virtue thus, Stevens is a good human been under Royce’s ethics of loyalty.
It accentuates the notion that at times, your worst enemy will appear as your best friend. Pride is the downfall of every man and the same can be said for witty and daring tale fortunato. “The Cask of Amontillado” starts out with Montresor, the narrator, saying, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.” Simply by reading the first sentence of the story, it is easy to see that Montresor is vengeful and plans to get “revenge” on Fortunato and there is a lot more to come in the story. Montresor also has a coat of arms which is, “A huge human foot d’or, in a field azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel,” with a motto of, “Nemo me impune lacessit,” which stands for no one attacks me with impunity. The coat of arms and the family motto both suggest retribution.
The very first sentence: “THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge”, supports the theme of revenge (Poe 161). This theme also suggests that Fortunato had aggrieved Montresor thousands of times, but whenever he insults Montresor and his family, he decides that there needs to be avenge and, which is the murder of a Fortunato. Montresor believes “he is out to get justice by baiting Fortunato” (Whatley 56). Hence, Whatley states “there is no remorse in Montresor’s heart when he finally confesses after fifty years”. So, for the sake of his family honor and self-respect, he vowed to take revenge by killing Fortunato.
Montressor confesses at the beginning of the story, "The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge" (Lowell 214). Montresor wants to "not only punish, but punish with impunity"(214). The nature of this insult is not made clear; however, the reader is led to believe that the insult changed Montresor’s social status. Montresor says to Fortunato "You are rich, respected, admired, beloved; you are happy, as once I was." This leads the reader to believe that Montresor once had high social status, but that status has changed due to the insult by Fortunato. Fortunato, entering the scene wearing a jesters costume, is unaware of Montesors’ evil intentions of murder.