The Cask of Amontillado is centered entirely upon revenge and vengeance. This conflict between the narrator and Fortunato explores his past decision to kill a man based on perceived injustices. Poe uses this conflict to explore the difference between Fortunato and Montresor’s character flaws which led to the major conflict, while simultaneously studying how obsession can control the mind. By studying these downfalls , the story darkly shifts from the carnival celebration to death in the catacombs. The story descends to madness much like how the mind does when it deals with strong fixations.
Montressor seeks revenge in an effort to support his time-honored family motto: ?nemo me impune lacessit? or (no one attack me without being punished). Montressor, the sinister narrator of this tale, pledges revenge on Fortunato for an insult. The character of Montressor provides the pinnacle of deceit and belligerence needed to portray the story?s sin. ... ... middle of paper ... ...ntressor?s catacombs, ?I drink to the buried that repose around us,?
Montresor’s conscience revealed itself through his heart growing sick. Montresor “…hastened to make an end of (his) labour.” Through, outwitting and entombing Fortunato, Montresor released himself from the chains of obsession but condemned his soul to the forever uncertainty of his conscience. Although Fortunato died “half a century” ago, Montresor has lived with the guilt. In "The Cask of Amontillado" Edgar Allen Poe plunges deep into the mind of deranged man hellbent on revenge and reveals the lasting consequence of a freeing oneself from the mental chains of intense hatred. The act of retribution may seem sweet and promising when stewing in anger and hate but as Poe reminds us, it always comes with a price.
In his short story, The Cask of Amontillado, Edgar Allen Poe produces a macabre tale about pride, revenge, and deception. The haunting tale is narrated by the vengeful Montresor who seeks to redress the wrong doing of his peer, Fortunato. He allows his pride to overtake his humanity and consequently lures Fortunato to his murderous death. His plan, “I must not only punish but punish with impunity. A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes it redresser.
These characteristics are first seen when Montresor vows revenge on his rival, Fortunato for a simple insult. Of course, this revenge is the murder of his rival. However, before proceeding any further, an important note should be made, that is, the beginning of Montresor’s descent into insanity as a result of these uncontrollable emotions. This idea is apparent when Montresor goes about plotting the perfect revenge (murder). The narrator, Montresor wants to not only get away with killing his rival, but he wants to do so in a way that prevents the man from knowing of the narrator’s cruel ... ... middle of paper ... ...the points mentioned if one was to go back to the question is there a deeper, darker meaning to Poe’s fiction “The Cask of Amontillado”?
While he tells his tale, the narrator uses a cold and factual tone. He uses a lot of vocabulary in reference with death and suffering, as to create an atmosphere where the reader could feel uneasy, such as “Whenever it fell upon me my blood ran cold.” The narrator stresses the reader that he is not mad, and tries to convince him of that fact by showing how carefully his crime was planned and executed. “ You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me.
Enraged by this and another later said insult, Montresor seeks revenge upon Fortunato, and intends to achieve this by taking Fortunato’s life. In Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado”, the reader develops an understanding that revenge can become an unrelenting force by examining the symbolism, irony, and settings within the story. To begin, the symbolism in Poe’s “The Cask of
In the Cask of Amontillado, the author's use of irony, foreshadowing and setting develops the steps of vengeance Montresor creates to obtain his ultimate revenge on Fortunato. Irony develops the false characteristics Montresor conveys to intentionally trick Fortunato into following through his premeditated plan of revenge and his lust of betrayal. Foreshadowing surmounts the ability to reveal exactly what the results are at the end of the story but demonstrated a coming of revenge in which many of Montresor's hints cover the coming of betrayal. The setting determined the state of Montresor's plan as it initiated and how all the other literary elements adjoined along the story until the resolution of the Cask of Amontillado. These elements played the essential role of deciphering the true conflict of this story.
“The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe shows that Montresor’s heart is filled with hatred against Fortunato, as he states, “I must not only punish, but punish with impunity” (Poe). But, he never shows that feeling. Instead, he pretends to be a best friend till the end. Throughout the story, Montresor is planning and executing this crime with perfection. This shows the devilish mind of Montresor and his hunger for vengeance.
Revenge is the opportunity to retaliate or gain satisfaction for a real or perceived slight (Dictionary.com "revenge"). In “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe, Montresor, the narrator, is out for revenge. Montressor seeks revenge against Fortunato and thinks he has developed the perfect plan for “revenge with impunity” (Baym 715). Montresor never tells the reader why he feels Fortunato deserves punishment. He only says that Fortunato causes him “a thousand injuries”until “[venturing] upon insult” (Baym 714).