Montresor does not recognize this hand signal, though he claims that he is a Mason. The first is the theme. The narrator enacts his revenge still without any explanation for why he is doing it. In this image the foot is symbolic of Montresor and the serpent of Fortunato. He thinks he may have been swindled, and he wants a wine expert to taste it to verify that it is indeed Amontillado. The sustained irony is detected through style, tone and the clear use of exaggeration of Montresor, the narrator.
Montresor complied while wrapping himself in a cloak to make sure that he would not be recognized. Fortunato is anxious to taste the wine and to determine for Montresor whether or not it is truly Amontillado. Poe is known for using Gothic conventions in his stories which mostly includes the atmosphere of mystery, oppressiveness to create terror but interestingly he subverts the Gothic conventions by having having human beings, instead of a supernatural element, create most horrible deeds. In return to Fortunato's toast to those buried in the catacombs, Montressor drinks to Fortunato's long life, knowing that it has but a few hours left. The narrator tells Fortunato that he found a men who sold him what he believes is a pipe of Amontillado, an expensive Spanish wine. This mineral is toxic when breathed for extended periods of time or in high concentration. Fortunato says that he must be jesting, and the two men continue onward.
The reader should, perhaps, at one point ask himself who is Montresor, and, then since Montresor seems to be apparently addressing someone, the reader should ask himself whom Montresor is talking to or writing about and why. Now, the solitude of the Palazzo and the vulnerable position of Fortunato heightens the suspense. Then I must positively leave you. Earlier, he had let all of the servants off for the night, using the excuse of the carnival; in this way he would avoid arousing Fortunato's suspicions and would also prevent anyone from witnessing the atrocity he planned to commit. Fortunato was too drunk to even realize what was going on, much less resist his imprisonment. The two men descend into the damp vaults, which are covered with nitre, or saltpeter, a whitish mineral. When Fortunato asks for proof, Montresor shows him his trowel, the implication being that Montresor is an actual stonemason.
Niter is also the commonly accepted term for , a by-product of maple syrup production, the sandy sediment that accumulates at the bottom of a pan when is boiled. The same is true when Fortunato insults Montresor concerning the masons — both a secret, honorable order which requires close scrutiny for a person to become a member and, of course, an honorable trade, a tool of which Montresor will use for a most dishonorable deed. As they passed deeper into the vaults, the nitre caused Fortunato to cough constantly, but he was drunkenly determined to continue. The plot is quite simple. Other than that, we know almost nothing about the speaker of the narra … tive. The picture above it is an allusion to the Book of Genesis in the Bible: it contains a heal smashing a serpent's head as it sinks its fangs into the heel.
Just as Montresor is about to finish, Fortunato laughs as if Montresor is playing a joke on him, but Montresor is not joking. Fortunato then showed him a sign of the masons — a trowel, which he brought with him. This essay will allow you to see the gothic elements Edgar Allan Poe uses through his most common poems. It usually is found as massive encrustations and growths on walls and ceilings where solutions containing potassium and nitrate seep into the openings. Another is the name of the wine they drink on the way to get to theAmontillado. He knows that by daring Fortunato, he can make him do anything.
Some of the elements in the play that are detailed are irony, characterization, and symbolism. That is left to the reader to decide. Fortunato had evidentlyinsulted Montresor's name at some point. As they walk toward the Amontillado, Fortunato begins to cough from the damp clinging to the walls. But what will be Fortunato's punishment is still not clear. We find out that the teller of the story hates Fortunato the main character - though he never says why.
The alcohol soon wears off and Fortunato moans, terrified and helpless. It usually is found as massive encrustations and effervescent growths on cavern walls and ceilings where solutions containing alkali potassium and nitrate seep into the openings. They are now under the river bed, and there are bones and remains all around them, dripping with nitre. Just as Montresor is about to finish, Fortunato laughs as if Montresor is playing a joke on him, but Montresor is not joking. In return to Fortunato's toast to those buried in the catacombs, Montresor drinks to Fortunato's long life, which has but a few hours left. Also upon their meeting, Montresor begins a psychological manipulation of Fortunato.
His eyes flashed with a fierce light. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong. From one of these depended a short chain, from the other a padlock. He wants to exact this revenge, however, in a measured way, without placing himself at risk. As they walk down into the cellar, the narrator points out the nitre on the walls, which is a salt-like substance on the walls that makes it difficult to breathe. At this point, Fortunato was sure that Montresor didn't understand the gesture because it belonged to the secret order of the masons — an order that Fortunato was certain that Montresor couldn't belong to, thus flinging Montresor another insult and, unknowingly, bringing himself closer to his living death. However, in the tale it is a time for revenge and death.
Written by Edgar Allan Poe in first person and having all the main events as a three hundred page fiction book, The Cask of Amontillado is a complete novel. This is a setting that has all the elements, a perfect gothic story would have. The picture reinforces that image. And as for Luchresi, he cannot distinguish Sherry from Amontillado. Much of the world's demand is now met by synthetically produced nitrates, though the natural mineral is still mined and is still of significant commercial value. Once Fortunato is in chains, we know Montresor's revenge is assured.