And although it is wrong to to terrible things to other people, we still feel satisfactory from getting even. All of the problems are solved; all loose ends are tied. Fortunato, himself, is ironic because he believes himself to be knowledgeable about wine, yet he is dressed in a Fool's costume for the festival and ultimately Montresor uses Fortunato's pride and vanity of such knowledge to fool him into going into the cellar to his death. And what can be scary, is the intellectual people who know what they want and how to achieve that. Poe was especially afraid of being prematurely buried alive, and he may have used this story to explore his own fear and to peek inside the mind of a killer.
We have no reason to trust Montresor to being with seeing as his characteristics include his dangerous and sneaky ways with his vengeful intentions. Montresor is successful in chaining Fortunato to the wall. Premature burial was not uncommon during Poe's time. By breaking down the elements of plot, we can see that Poe's intentional selection of details in the story create his 'unity of effect. The rising action is the detail in the story that leads us further into the characters and lets us explore the conflict. But the undescribed original wrong, and the narrator's frantic effort to get Fortunato to react in some way as he walls him into a living tomb, raises questions about the narrator's motives, and whether there was even an original wrong in the first place.
For him writing was a way to express himself and exhale. Everything is relevant, especially each part of the plot. Fortunato calms, and says, 'A very good joke indeed,' probably with his last bit of hope. This is a great story. After all, from what we can glean from the story, Montresor, in spite of the reputed insults of Fortunato, came from an ancient, perhaps noble family, and he is also a person of considerable taste in gems, in paintings, in wines, and in other matters , and it is evident that he possesses considerable intelligence, albeit a type of diabolical intelligence. The reader can certainly detect, examine, and identify how Montresor feels and thinks. In this case, these are the catacombs of the Montresors.
Like Lecter, Montresor is incredibly smart, shows no remorse, and is willing to kill someone just because he's been insulted. Sometimes corpses were buried with bells on their clothing in case they were accidentally buried alive. Upon a closer look, this character is admirable. The story relates a horrible revenge made even more horrible by the fact that the vengeance is being taken when no real offense had been given. A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser. The narrator during his telling the story did not refer to the reason that motivated him to kill his friend or even not mention to the readers what kind of insult he received form Fortunato.
Even though 20th century theories of psychology would not be formulated until many years after Poe's death, he nevertheless delved into the realm of abnormal psychology instinctively and perhaps never with a more terrifying outcome than in the character of Montressor, a man so bent upon revenge that he walls his enemy u. The two men descend into the damp vaults, which are covered with nitre, or saltpeter, a whitish mineral. This rare wine attracts Fortunatos attention immediately and he becomes interested in this wines authenticity. . People want and take revenge every day, and Poe decided to portray that in one of the darkest ways possible, murder.
Montresor is our classic unreliable author. Informing the entire story is the nature of an insult that could evoke such a well-planned, diabolical scheme of revenge. Another touch of irony is that in the catacombs, Fortunato toasts the many people buried in the catacombs, little knowing that he is shortly to become one of them. Amid the gaiety of the carnival, he was sure he would avoid any possibility of being detected. It is also the denouement of Fortunato himself. Poe indicates a touch of madness in Montresor with these lines.
One is allowed to feel the mood and intentions of each work through its extremely isolated settings in dark, dreary locations. In fact, at the end of the story, we, the readers, are certain that his atrocity will never be discovered. This is, of course, a double irony since the trowel is not only an instrument used by real masons bricklayers, stone masons, etc. The first thing I realized about Montresor was his vengefulness, or his desire to harm. As hard as it is to admit connecting with this character is not hard.
The most prevalent theme is that jealousy can lead to vengeance, and ultimately lead to the downfall, or even death, of a person. After no response, Montresor claims that his heart feels sick because of the dampness of the catacombs. The perfect revenge must be performed flawlessly, without getting caught, having no regret, and the victim knowing why revenge is being taken. He hears the tinkling of bells. Fortunato is also very drunk, and he greets Montresor 'with great warmth. His plan for vengeance is easily seen through his actions and his thoughts.
Montresor approaches Fortunato during the carnival. Montresor devises a clever plan that will leave Fortunato clueless as to his intensions. While he carefully removes unnecessary parts of the… 996 Words 4 Pages In the Cask of Amontillado, Montresor, the protagonist of this story, has been wronged by Fortunato. It is not the engagement, but the severe cold with which I perceive you are afflicted. By the third paragraph it is evident that Montresor formulated a plan to carry out against Fortunato. In fact, there's a lot that is ironic about Fortunato beyond his name.
It could be that he is talking to one of his descendants, or else making his last confession to a priest. Fortunato says that he must be jesting, and the two men continue onward. Their odd names might hint at the fact that Poe was obsessed with mysteries and clues. The remainder of the story deals with Montresor's methods of entrapping Fortunato and effecting his revenge upon the unfortunate Fortunato. It can only be assumed that he trusts him because he follows him into the catacombs, and up until the last moments before the last brick is put into place, he still holds onto the idea that Montresor is playing a joke on him. Fortunato boasted that he was a connoisseur of fine wines. At this point, Fortunato is getting a bit goofy, jingling with all of his movements, and accuses Montresor of not being a mason.