An Analysis of Montresor's Hidden Treasure in 'The Cask of Amontillado'

837 Words Jan 9th, 2018 3 Pages
In "The Cask of Amontillado, Monstresor demonstrates how destructive friendships can be if trust is broken. In the story, Monstressor invites his friend, Fortunato, to sample some Amontillado and confirm it is genuine. Montresor takes advantage of Fortunato's love of wine and uses it to bring about his death. As it is carnival season and Fortunato is dressed for the occasion, Montresor insinuates that Fortunato may be too busy to verify the Amontillado and implies that Luchesi should taste the wine. Fortunato retorts that Luchesi does not have the skills to differentiate between liquors; by scoffing at Montresor's alternate suggestion, Fortunato falls into Montresor's trap and does not see the consequences of "helping" out his friend. In "The Cask of Amontillado," Montresor's actions against Fortunato are premeditated and he carefully plots his revenge of the perceived betrayal between the two friends. Montresor comes up with a plan that will trick Fortunato into believing that he is doing his friend a favor, but instead is a well-calculated scheme to exact vengeance and cause him to die. Despite the fact that Montresor appears to be concerned for Fortunato's health, he is cunning and filled with anger. Montresor continuously preys on Fortunato's anticipation and desire to taste such rare liquor, often using reverse psychology to…