According to R.J Russ “poe tells a tale of revenge and humiliation ,the way this particular story symbolizes poe’s work that has a mind boggling ending. although there is no motive,poe uses symbolism to try to answer questions in the short story ;amontillado clown costume , the way fortunato dies .” “My dear fortunato , you are luckily met. ” in the “cask of amontillado” there are plenty of things that mean something else for example fortunato , he is anything but fortunate.
Accordingly, Poe is well responsive to this psychological trait of the human brain. Likewise, Poe employs the perception of perversity and remorse in “The Cask of Amontillado.” The reason of burying Fortunato is not only vengeance, but also a robust reaction that is described in “The Black Cat”. There is a passionate yearning in Montresor to hurt Fortunato even if he has not made any harm to him. Although Montresor asserts that he has been injured several times by Fortunato, he cannot defy calling him “respected, admired, beloved,” admitting his “good nature,” and also calling him “noble” (Little 212). These expressions confirmed that Fortunato is a good quality person and the expression “injuries” used in the first phase of the story is simply a hyperbole that Montresor’s psyche has fabricated. Furthermore, wickedness does not come unaccompanied, but it carries itself a sense of remorse. Even if Montresor reflects himself as the diplomat of his family for deafening down rivals, he suffers remorse while walling up Fortunato. Consequently, Poe’s clasp of unreasonableness and culpability of the human mind is
“The Cask of Amontillado” starts out with the narrator, later discovered to be Montresor, positioning himself as a victim of Fortunato. In the opening line, he states, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could” (714). Instantaneously one feels sympathetic towards a person that has withstood a thousand inflictions. Montresor goes on to tell a parable of sorts about vengeance, and “when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong” (715) he has lost. In this instance Poe has set Montresor apart from being at the least an unsuspecting
...The phrase that Fortunato says, “For the love of God, Montresor!” provoked a great deal of critical arguments. suggest (insert citation here) that Montresor has finally brought Fortunato to the pit of despair, seen through his invocation of a God that has left Montresor behind. Other critics, argue that Fortunato ridicules the “love of God,” thus making use of the identical irony that Montresor has successfully used to attract him to the catacombs. Those were Fortunato’s last words, and in the intense desperation that Montresor displays in response implys that he wants Fortunato more than he is willing to admit. Only when Montresor screams Fortunato name twice loudly, with no reply, does Montresor have a sick heart. The reason why Fortunato is so silent are vague, but maybe his refusal to answer Montresor is a type of desperate victory in otherwise dire situation.
Montresor does not want Fortunato to die from anything other than his own plan of slow death by asphyxiation. Symbolism in "The Cask of Amontillado" This story by Poe has numerous examples of symbolism. For example, the manner in which Fortunato is dressed is ironic for a man with his societal prominence.
Regardless of what people think Poe did or did not do, he did change the face of literature through some of his short horror stories. Two of his stories that were discussed within this paper are, “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Fall of the House of Usher.” Within these two stories Edgar Allan Poe has given it a horror reading, with descriptive places, such as “wet and gloomy” and “evil atmosphere.” Besides the stories giving off a sense of horror, they also contain characters with disturbed psyches. The character with a disturbed psyche in “The Cask of Amontillado” was Montressor. He got revenge by murdering Fortunato, who ruined his self-esteem. He bricked Fortunato in alive in the catacombs and walked away feeling pity on him but knowing what he had done and having to live with it. In “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Roderick Usher was distracted by his thoughts knowing he buried his sister alive within the vaults of their home. She got out of the encasement, Roderick and the narrator placed her in, and attacked Roderick in her bloody
Montresor had had enough and was going to finally get revenge on Fortunato. The problem with planning out his revenge was that he had to make sure that he did so without getting caught. It is clear that Montresor has rolling around this idea within his head for quite some time. The fact he says that he must punish him with worrying about being caught shows that he knows it is immoral to kill another man. Alas, as stated before whatever offense dealt was the straw that broke the camel’s
The reader suspects the "unfortunate fate", of Montresor’s friend Fortunato, from the very beginning. It is ironic that the opening setting of the story is at a carnival, where Fortunato, is dressed as a cheerful court jester. Montresor preys upon Fortunato’s state of drunkenness, and his love for wine, which Montresor uses to lure Fortunato into his gruesome death. At the start of the story, Montresor shows a keen interest in punishing Fortunato. However, how he was to carry out the plan is not revealed until the conclusion of the story when Fortunato is then incarcerated and left to die in the catacombs (Poe 3-10). Poe manages to connect two different elements into one; he connects human’s psyche with the environment into a story full with irony and cruelty as a result of desire for
If you look all of the information from a different standpoint, you would have to consider some of Poe’s other works. As already stated, Poe’s style of writing dealing with madness and death. The many kinds of Edgar Allan Poe’s works involve death, madness, and murder. Knowing this can enable a reader to grasp the tone in his story better. Our main character in "The Cask of Amontillado," Montresor can construe as an insane person or the super evil mastermind of it all.
Vengeance and pride are fundamentally important to this short story. From the inception of the tale it is clear that the narrator is a proud, vindictive man; opening with, “the thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge,” the narrator immediately alerts the reader to the dark aspects of his own character. Because “insult” and not “the thousand injuries” caused the narrator to “vow” revenge, the reader can infer Montresor is prideful because, although he already had conflict with Fortunato, insult was what made the tense situation unbearable for Montresor––so much so that he vowed to take action. Use of the word “vow” is significant because it indicates that the grievance was meaningful in the mind of Montresor, allowing for the reader to more easily identify with the actions to be revealed throughout the course of the story; if the reader believes that Montresor was provoked in a profound way, ...