Montresor’s True Secret and Poe’s Secret Meanings In Edgar Allan Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado, the antagonist, Montresor leads an old friend deep into the catacombs to exact his revenge by trapping Fortunato for eternity. Montressor seems to maniacally enjoy his treacherous labor, but Poe writes small moments of regretful sanity that points elsewhere. His phrasing and silent intentions seem to gleam through this dark and depressing plot. Does Montresor truly feel guilt or regret after his transgressions against Fortunato? Though the theme of revenge is strongly prominent in Edgar Allan Poe’s work, there is textual evidence that suggests that Montresor did perhaps feel some feeling of regret.
Such a theory is further demonstrated when Montresor calmly echoes Fortunato's exclamation, "For the Love of God" (Poe, 1597). Fortunato is not just crying for mercy during the last few moments that he has a chance. He is also warning Montresor to think of his own demise and the next world thereafter (Delaney, 130). Therein lies the source of Montresor's half a century of dread. He was so blinded by his hatred and lust for revenge that he failed to think of his own soul.
In “The Cask of Amontillado”, written by Edgar Allan Poe, Fortunato is on the verge of discovering exactly what can happen when trust becomes scarce even amongst those considered to be friends. Montresor outwardly appears friendly with Fortunato, deep down he feels nothing but hate for the other man. Both of these men are proud and opulent, and yet they both have a means of ruination that will eventually lead to tragedy. Edgar Allan Poe’s use of language amplifies and contorts the perception of the way that the two men react to eachother due to the situation. Although the two men are perceived differently, they both want to satiate their desire for retribution.
5). In this instance, Fortunato believes that he is being approached for his expertise in wine, but is truly met because the “madness” of the carnival was a prime interval in which the murder could take place. Another piece of irony is Montresor’s continuous efforts in talking Fortunato out of sampling the Amontillado on the case of Fortunato’s declining health. Later when Fortunato exclaims, “I will not die of a cough.” Montresor responds with, “true.” (Poe par. 36/37).
This kiss signifies the breaking of the hold that sin had on his life. Sadly, it was too late-the sin had already consumed the last bits of life that he had left. Even though he died shortly after he confessed, he still repented, and that was his goal. Once he confessed his sin to the community, his guilt was gone too. Even after Dimmesdale repented, God still did not like the sin.
He drank to make himself feel better but it just made him angrier. Many adolecesents go through the same problems as Holden does. They have no one to turn to. So they dig deeper into this hole and can't face life. However, no matter what, losing a loved one is probably the most painful loss a person can face.
However, Montresor despised him and is only happy to see him to murder him later. Montresor referred to Fortunato as “my friend” when speaking to him to further convince that he meant no harm and hide the fact that no bad deed goes unpunished. Fortunato’s obliviousness continued to dig him a deeper grave when he unceasingly in made demeaning remarks toward Montresor. To “forget your arms” when Montresor reflected how he came from a “great and numerous family” Fortunato implied that he could not remember the family crest because they had long ago lost their prestige (16). Also, by sneering and “recoiling a few paces” when Montresor claimed he was a mason, a secret... ... middle of paper ... ...).
The man made it his goal to be a respected professor, but he forgot that people were not always going to be on his side or agree with him. The man is emotionally troubled and believes that his fame on earth should be put to an end after all the things he has been through, losing hope and also losing his wife due to his cheating ways. These are all the things that he brought upon himself as he states “I’ve already sentenced myself to death. There’s no hope left.’’ (Cury 11). The jumper knew in masterly fashion that those who take their own lives, even those who plan their deaths, can’t understand the depth of the pain they cause.
In Christianity the trinity is represented as Jesus Christ, God and The Holy Ghost. The second set of threes is found in cantos two, as our “average man” Dante the Pilgrim is questioning if he is truly great eno... ... middle of paper ... ... (Cantos VIII 417). Here it is clear that his worldview has changed and his belief that the sinners should have a second chance is no longer. As they reach the Ninth circle where the greatest of sinners are damned, Dante no longer feels pity. As he approaches Friar Alberigo, he is cautious about wiping away his icy tears but after hearing his story about killing his relatives inside his own house he states to the man, “To be mean to him was a generous reward” (Cantos XXXIII 507) Through symbolizing and allegory, Dante the poet is able to show his views of religious and politics through the journey of Dante the Pilgrim.
The Cask of Amontillado Critical Response Essay The Cask of Amontillado, one of Edgar Allen Poe’s most celebrated works, paints a very sinister and dark tale of revenge. It is riddled with symbolism of what is in store for Fortunato who has betrayed Montresor in what Montresor perceives to warrant a grievous end. Throughout their the interaction, there are subtleties in which one might think there is a way out, but ultimately greed takes over which leads to Fortunato 's undoing. The story begins with, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.” Montresor cites what must have been in his mind, the ultimate betrayal imaginable, at least in his mind. A betrayal that