As a result, Montresor plans to bury Fortunato alive. It is also a theme in the Cask of Amontillado. He is the sacrificial lamb unwittingly being led to the slaughter. In fact, it is Fortunato who insists they carry on to find the Amontillado, and this will no doubt torture him as he is buried alive. It is often by authors in their writing to give it more emphasis.
The originality and artistic genius of Edgar Allan Poe overflows through this grotesque tale. The relationship between the two represents the way in which Montresor tricks Fortunato down to the catacombs and then eventually into what will become his walled-in casket. The story is that of a man, Montresor, who is insulted by another individual, Fortunato. Montresor is constantly smiling at Fortunato so he will have no suspicion of his bad intentions. All of these descriptions that Poe creates through conversation between the characters and the details we are pulled along through the story, much as Fortunado is pulled along through the catacombs, where we all see his demise. If you haven't read the short story yet, you might want to before we start covering the symbolism and irony within the story. The accumulations of human remains may be an implication of human destroyment.
The coat of arms of the Montresor family is rich in symbolism. In the beginning, he begins the story in a carnival that has happy and bright colors where nothing would go wrong, making us believe that the story will continue that way and not thinking that it would turn around so suddenly. He might even want to brag about drinking this luxurious wine. The name Fortunato itself is a symbol. Words: 934 - Pages: 4. The drunken Fortunato is the only one in the story who is unaware of Montresor's real motives; which demonstrates situational irony.
A good example can be a roller coaster because it indicates that there will be ups in downs in life. For instance, symbolism is found in colors, objects, and on flowers. Montresor: In French, mon tresor means my treasure. The meaning of the symbol was wholly established in the story. It is known that montressor wanted to avenge fortunato ,but their is no indication of when this would take place so this leave us to believe that the carnival created the atmosphere for fortunato to be drunk, therefore allowingf Montressor to move forward with his plan to murder fortunato. The word cask shares the same root as casket, which is used to hold dead bodies for burial. However, in the story it means so much more.
Montresor began to develop the perfect plan for revenge. The long, dark journey Montresor and Fortunato take in the catacomb is symbolic of Montresor delving deeper into his madness and fury and Fortunato delving deeper into his pride and naivety. He devised a plan to. Words: 446 - Pages: 2. Fortunato has wounded Montresor's pride in some way. The very name Fortunato would clearly imply that this is a man of good fortune, when the actual case is that he is about to suffer a mostly untimely demise: the end of his life.
This statement sets up dramatic irony throughout the story as the reader knows Montresor has sworn revenge on Forunato, while Fortunato believes they are still friends. Fortunato knows that Montresor has experience and knowledge with Italian wines to purchase them without expert advice. Words: 766 - Pages: 4. The story also contains many accounts of symbolism. With those words that he did not really meant to say comes from his mouth because of the unconscious part of him that shows what he conceals.
The mask gives Montresor more confidence and signals that murder is not something that Montresor is used to. It is this naivety that Montresor exploits to trick Fortunato into entering the catacomb. In conclusion, irony, foreshadowing and setting are being used in the book to provide suspense to the reader. Upper Saddle River: Pearson, 2010. However, to look deeply in this story, I found that this story was not just simply a horror tale about how a man gets his revenge in the safest way.
The way montressor executed his brilliant plan was to lure fortunato to his home saying that he wanted him to sample a wine by the name of amontillado. However, by Montresor showing his trowel, he is implying that he is an actual stonemason who constructs things out of stone and mortar. In that respect, Montresor is a mason. The sustained irony is detected through style, tone and the clear use of exaggeration of Montresor, the narrator. The first example in the story was mentioned earlier, the fact that Montresor's costume is black would suggest beforehand that he would be playing the role of an evil being. The skillful use of these devices are utilized by the author to create this horrific and suspenseful masterpiece. Poe once famously stated that not a single word should be wasted in a short story.
The absence of light and the dank murkiness that surrounds the characters are sensory images that aids for a perfect setting of horror and makes the reader capable of getting the sensation of an impending doom. Montresor accomplishes this murder because he is insane, yet very clever, and organized. The sustained irony is detected through style, tone and the clear use of exaggeration of Montresor, the narrator. The story is filled with verbal irony as Montresor is. Objects can also be a form of symbolism such as The Bible, it represents more than just a book. The Cask of Amontillado by: Edgar Allan Poe In The Cask of Amontillado, Edgar Allen Poe manipulates the story to be the way he wants it to be by using the point of view of the narrator, the setting, and a common monotonous sentiment throughout the story.
And then also when the hypocritical narrator toasts to Fortunato's long life, already knowing that he was taking to effect the devilish crafted plan of revenge. Does this make the reader wonder? It represents Life, Church, Religion, and the life of Jesus Christ and what he stood for. It is symbolic representation of what Fortunado is. Fortunato again insults Montresor by telling him that he has forgotten his family coat of arms. While Montresor and Fortunato were walking in the cellar on their way to the Amontillado, Fortunato kept coughing and it sounded as though he was very sick. Making you realize something is going to happen to one of them or both. Some of them are obvious, and others are hidden away like treasures waiting to be found.