I paused again, and this time I made bold to seize Fortunato by an arm above the elbow. There came forth in return only a jingling of the bells. Montresor does not recognize this hand signal, though he claims that he is a Mason. The two men descend into the damp vaults, which are covered with nitre, or saltpeter, a whitish mineral. He is the antagonist as he is the one that is antagonizing the situation - the one whom the reader hope will fail in his murderous scheme. The setting an underground cellar , the time carnival , the metaphors of colour a black silk mask and a motley-coloured costume and the subtle foreshadowing of the murder I shall not die of a cough makes this an interesting, classic short story. Fortunato calms, and says, 'A very good joke indeed,' probably with his last bit of hope.
Montresor specified at the beginning that he wanted to achieve the perfect revenge. The cask of amontillado is about two men named Montresor and Fortunato. Montresor suggests that they leave to save Fortunato's health. The gait of my friend was unsteady, and the bells upon his cap jingled as he strode. I did this, and the clamourer grew still.
Remember, Fortunato is very drunk, and he begins coughing. Poe follows this concept intentionally, making each step of the story important to the next. At one point, however, Montresor paused and offered Fortunato a bottle of Medoc wine to help ward off the cold and the fumes of the nitre. After a falling out with his wealthy foster father, Poe lost his high social status, and suffered from chronic financial troubles—as well as alcoholism—for the rest of his life. Montresor runs into Fortunato at a carnival purposely, he then mentions a unique rare wine named Amontillado. Here, Montressor lures a drunk Fortunato into the room with the promise of Amontillado, only to chain him up and leave him to die. Neither the injuries nor the insults are described, leaving the reader to wonder if … they existed at all except in Montresor's mind.
So, Fortunato, walks in, and montresor pins him to the ground, chains him there, and closes up the wall trapping Fortunato within. It seemed to have been constructed for no especial use within itself, but formed merely the interval between two of the colossal supports of the roof of the catacombs, and was backed by one of their circumscribing walls of solid granite. The story is solely concerned with the problem of committing a murder without getting caught. He paused and nodded to me familiarly, while his bells jingled. 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.
But I have received a pipe of what passes for Amontillado, and I have my doubts. A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser. My own fancy grew warm with the Medoc. Although Montresor is the main character, he certainly is no h … ero for planning and carrying out a murder. While the carnival usually indicates joyful social interaction, Montresor distorts its merry abandon, turning the carnival on its head. By making such a statement, Montresor is not only justifying his need for the most severe revenge, but is also coming up with a reason why he cannot let whatever has passed between the two men go. It was succeeded by a sad voice, which I had difficulty in recognizing as that of the noble Fortunato.
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. Fortunato has been dead for fifty years, and Montresor no longer has any of the ill feelings he had for the man. Fortunato has wounded Montresor's pride the snake biting the heel. The men walk into a crypt, where human bones decorate three of the four walls. This mineral is toxic when breathed for extended periods of time or in high concentration. For the half of a century no mortal has disturbed them. Montresor's home is large, and according to the details, we can assume it's been in the family for quite some time.
The denouement is the last part of the story wh … ere all the loose ends and plot lines are resolved completely. When they arrive, they go into the catacombs via a winding staircase. I hastened to make an end of my labour. However their delicate character meant they were not suited for transportation and were mostly consumed locally. In niche, and finding an instant he had reached the extremity of the niche, and finding his progress arrested by the rock, stood stupidly bewildered.
I had completed the eighth, the ninth and the tenth tier. In consequence, he went to live with John and Frances Allen, in Richmond, Virginia. From the fourth side the bones had been thrown down, and lay promiscuously upon the earth, forming at one point a mound of some size. Poe was born on January 19, 1809 to actors David and Eliza Poe. When Fortunato stepped inside, he ran into the granite wall, and Montresor quickly locked him to the wall with a chain. Therefore, the serpent bites and gets stepped on like Fortunato insults and dies, and the foot has it's revenge like Montresor. .
I again paused, and holding the over the mason-work, threw a few feeble rays upon the figure within. When Fortunato asks for proof, Montresor shows him his trowel, the implication being that Montresor is an actual stonemason. Montresor plans to kill Fortunato on the night of a carnival. In hopes of getting Fortunato to respond in some way, Montresor throws a torch into the only open area left. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong. This rare wine attracts Fortunatos attention immediately and he becomes interested… 982 Words 4 Pages The Cask of Amontillado p.
It seemed to have been constructed for no especial use within itself, but formed merely the interval between two of the colossal supports of the roof of the catacombs, and was backed by one of their circumscribing walls of solid granite. Thus, both the motto and the coat of arms imply that the entire Montresor family history is filled with acts of revenge. The climax is when Montresor surprises Fortunato by chaining him to the wall, thereby ending the suspense of whether or not Fortunato will get away. Soon, the two are at a dead end; a wall with a hole. Fortunato's name itself … is a bit of irony, since it means 'fortunate one' in Italian, however once he is chained to the cellar wall, he meets a most unfortunate end.