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Theme Of Foreshadowing In The Cask Of Amontillado

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spanish sherry. Montresor uses deception by assuring the amontillado is being held in the Montresor family catacombs. Montresor’s ability to find the weakness of his enemy and carry out a plan accordingly shows the wicked horror in which the way the narrator thinks. Therefore, making the reader horrified and uplifting the dark tone of the story. Another occurrence that helped uplift the mood was Montresor’s toast to Fortunato 's “long life.” “ Here I knocked off the neck of the bottle..”’drink”’ he said. “‘To the buried that repose around us”’ “‘ And I to your long life”’. The action of manipulation is shown by Montresor giving Fortunato more alcohol, making him even more drunk and more capable to go through with his plan. The alcohol dulls…show more content…
Therefore, actions such as manipulation play an important role in fulfilling the mood in “ The Cask of Amontillado.” Foreshadowing is a literary device scattered throughout the story.Webster’s dictionary defines foreshadowing as a warning or indication of a future event. One can see signs of foreshadowing in the very early stages of the story with a single glance. The title “Cask of Amontillado,” closely resembles the word casket, hinting that the narrator plans to kill a character. This hint already frightens the reader and it gives of a dark tone The word cask and casket derive from the same latin root therefore creating a dark mood. Another instance in which Poe shows foreshadowing, “ I must not only punish, but punish with impunity.”(777) Montresor further stated that he “ vowed revenge.” Montresor created his plan behind the basis of revenge with impunity. This hints early on in the story that Fortunato will somehow be harmed in one way or another. We heard this hint directly from the words of Montresor, the readers know that the narrator is planning a murder. This creates a fear factor for the readers because they can see the fate unravel and they know there is going to be death. The idea of death itself…show more content…
"I forget your arms.""A huge human foot d 'or, in a field azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel." "And the motto?""Nemo me impune lacessit"(778) The Montresor coat of arms is Montresor’s justification to kill Fortunato. Nemo me impune lacessit translated means, no one assails me with impunity. Meaning that no person shall insult Montresor without being avenged. The arms is a foot crushing the serpent. Fortunato is represented as the snake because he had insulted Montresor. Montresor later murders Fortunato in name of the family coat of arms.The motto means that anyone who dare insult Montresor will later be punished and Montresor’s way of living up to the code of arms was to kill the one who insulted him, Fortunato. The coat of arms is perceived as dark because it was the basis behind the reasoning to kill Fortunato. The picture in itself was dark, it was a foot crushing a serpent. Poe implements the symbol to create the dark mood of the story. Another key occurrence pertaining to the dark mood of the story was the symbolic bells strategically placed throughout the story. “The gait of my friend was unsteady, and the bells upon his cap jingled as he strode..”(776) “He raised it to his lips with a leer. He paused and nodded to me familiarly, while his bells jingled.” (776) “The
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