Probably the relationship has damage his honour. The term ‘borne’ implies that he probably has returned many of these injuries to immortalize the cycle of vengeance, though it indicates that he has merely endured them. However, now Fortunato has ventured upon insult, and Montresor takes this as a moral affront, punishable by death. “A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself as such to him who has done the wrong”(5-7).
He only says that Fortunato causes him “a thousand injuries”until “[venturing] upon insult” (Baym ?). As a result, Montresor plans to bury Fortunato alive. Within this plot of revenge, Poe uses irony and symbolism to develop his theme of a man who tries to gain absolution for the sin he is about to commit. Irony in "The Cask of Amontillado" Poe
Montresor assumes the reader will understand his injury, and becomes not only the judge but the jury and executioner of Fortunato as well. The wounded pride of a man driving him to assault even a friend is not a new device developed by Edgar Allen Poe, but the little to no explanation given the reader by his central narrator is a little different. In the famous Burr and ... ... middle of paper ... ...on to follow Montresor’s thinking we are as betrayed in our understanding as Fortunato seems to be. Even at the end he wonders if it is all some cruel joke. We see it as cruel, but we know it is not a joke.
(Hamlet 5.2.369-372) In retrospect, the concept of revenge in “Hamlet” is quite the eye-opener for those in the dark of what revenge can and will do to one's self and those around him. It is plain to see the agonizing and degenerate condition that it brings upon the body and soul. Moreover, can the disease revenge inflicts rest easily upon the mind? I think not. By no effort can a man avoid the pain and suffering associated with engaging in a personal vendetta.
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”?
The short story “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe tells the story of Montresor seeking revenge on Fortunato. Montresor does not specify what is exactly said that makes him commit premeditated murder. He mentions that it was an insult that turned him towards revenge the moment he heard it. He becomes obsessed with punishing Fortunato. Poe uses elements of horror to illustrate Montresor’s obsession for revenge leading to the death.
The character of Montresor detailing the glorious murder he committed is a means of communicating to the reader that vengeance and pride are moral motivators that lead to treacherous deeds and dark thoughts. 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, ... ... middle of paper ... ... carnival, so that the narrator would not consult another supposed wine connoisseur about the cask of amontillado, the reader must identify with the dark parts of their character and learn from the mistakes of the characters in this story.
“The Cask of Amontillado ": Revenge & the Human Soul In "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allen Poe, the guilt-ridden Montresor reveals, a dark secret, that he tortured and murdered Fortunato. Fortunato 's ill-fate stems from Montresor 's intense hatred and immoral desire to "punish [Fortunato] with impunity. (Poe 740)", for his past transgression. Montresor believes, "A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes the redresser. (Poe740)" Montresor must inflict a suffering as great as the suffering Fortunato has inflicted upon him.
By pursuing revenge, Hamlet killing Polonius paves the way for more lives to be lost. Claudius sees the murder as an opportunity to eliminate Hamlet, because Laertes’s obsession with revenge leaves him vulnerable. Laertes’s and Hamlet’s revenge lead to the deaths of Gertrude, Laertes, Claudius, and finally Hamlet (V. ii. 287-357). The revenge of each character ironically ended their own life.
“The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had Borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.” (Poe, 1108) Right away Montresor states this and as a reader, we start to feel sympathy for Montresor, he is the first character we are introduced to and because of this we naturally take his side. Of course at this point we don’t know what “revenge” really means, but by the end when we find out what his “revenge” entails our opinion of him most likely changes. His “revenge” of course is murdering Fortunato. He could no longer put up with the injuries he had borne and wanted to put an end to his own humiliation from being “insulted” by Fortunato. .