Characterization Of Montressor In The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe, the dark side of human nature is exemplified through the character of Montresor and his victim, Fortunato. Montresor is a manipulative and vengeful person. These characteristics lead to the death of Fortunato, a man who has wronged him. Through the acts, words, and the thoughts of the character, one is able to see him carry out his plan for revenge. upon each other by chance, or so it is made to seem. The setting is lively and jubilant at the carnival. It then moves to the catacombs of Montresor's home. It is a place of doom where The story takes place in Italy at a carnival where Montresor and Fortunato happen skeletons lie against damp walls covered in …show more content…
It was exactly the opposite; Fortunato was friendly and helpful towards Montresor. From the very beginning of the story, one can obviously see that Montresor thinks that he has been wronged by Fortunato. His plan for vengeance is easily seen through his actions and his thoughts. "He had a weak
Montresor is trying to lure Fortunato to his vaults by telling him that Luchresi can just come and taste the Amontillado because he knows best. He knows Fortunato will freak out by this statement, and then show Montresor that he is wrong in saying that. Indeed, this leads Fortunato down into the catacombs, just so he can prove Montresor wrong. That 's when Montresor will take his final step in his plan to end Fortunato. This event leads to the most suspenseful part in the short story. The reader doesn’t know what Montresor’s next step is going to be in his plan, along with what stupid move is Fortunato going to take to leading himself closer to his death.
Montresor is hurt from what Fortunato caused him and that is pain due to the things he has done to lead up to the events. It states “ THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge. You who so well know the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that I gave utterance to a threat.”(Poe 1). Montresor has hatred towards Fortunato, who caused damage inside him mentally making him want a form of revenge back at him. The mood of the story starts off with hatred, but now as Montresor and Fortunato are the catacombs causing the scene go to spooky. It says “Its walls had been lined with human remains piled to the vaults overhead in the fashion of the great catacombs of Paris.”(Poe 5). Catacombs is a very odd place to look for wine because of what’s stored inside of it. One can see from this that Montresor and Fortunato have arrived to the catacombs which causes the mood of the story to change due to dead bodies surrounding them. Edgar Allan Poe expressed every detail and helped the readers envision the events with his mood changes.
Montresor antagonizes Fortunado through the whole story with the allure of the Amontillado. There are at least three occasions that Montresor talks of finding Lushesi instead of Fortunado to try the wine to authenticate it. Montresor obviously knew that it irritated Fortunado when he spoke of having Luchesi come to authenticate the wine. This was almost like a slap in the face for Fortunado and made him want to come to the tombs even more. This move by Montressor shows how desperate he is to keep Fortunado interested in coming to the tombs. It shows how he has calculated his plan of revenge and is trying to execute his master plan.
Vengeance and murder infects the minds of Montresor and Fortunato upon an exchange of insult in Edgar Allan Poe’s "The Cask of Amontillado”. This is the story of pure revenge after Forturano disrespects Montresor. The story follows the characters meeting up at a carnival and eventually the disguised Montresor lures Fortunato into the catacombs of his home by convincing him that he acquired something that could pass for Amontillado, a light Spanish sherry. Fortunato grows eager to taste this wine and to determine for Montresor whether or not it is truly Amontillado. He leads him back to the catacombs of his home and carries out his plot to bury him alive. Edgar Allan Poe writes from a mysterious first person perspective, uses colorful symbolism and situational irony to present the man's inner self, in turn revealing that revenge is fundamentally infeasible.
As they progress into the catacombs Fortunato is bombarded by all these hints and clues about his coming doom but this is what truly is evil that montresor is truly insane enough and mad enough to make fortunato a fool. Some hints and clues is when fortunato is encumbered with a cough supposedly from the nitre and Montressor acts as though he is concerned and asks if they should go back in which in return Fortunato replies "The cough is a mere nothing, it will not kill me. I shall not die of a cough" (Poe paragraph 37). Which in reply Montresor says true true. Also Montressors coat of arms "the heel stomping on the snake that is biting the heel. As they get deeper and deper into the catacombs another thing that goes on between Montressor and Fortunato that stands out is when they talk about the freemasons which is a secret guild of
With the evolution of humanity comes the evolution of words, as is only natural. In the recent past, insanity was a medical term used to diagnose mental illnesses, among others. It’s still used in a similar manner in everyday language, though it has formally shifted to a legal definition, which is that the defendant cannot tell right from wrong. In literature, authors who create “insane” characters add to the unreliability of first person narrators, thus adding another layer of questions for the reader, such as whether a character is fully aware of their actions. After Fortunato insults Montresor in “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe, Montresor takes it upon himself to punish Fortunato by bricking him into a wall of the Montresor family vaults. Doug Spaulding, from Ray Bradbury’s “The Utterly Perfect Murder”, also takes revenge on his tormentor by figuratively murdering him and rescuing his childhood self. According to the legal definition of insanity, both Montresor and Doug Spaulding fit the criteria due to their unsettled minds, trauma from abusive relationships and other underlying mental health issues.
Montresor plots and thinks about his anger throughout the whole book. He makes a whole plan to kill Fortunato and not get caught. Montresor quotes “The thousand injuries I had borne” (Edgar Allan Poe)pg 61 proving Montresor had been insulted and is now angry. Fortunato had insulted Montresor and now Montresor is furious. Montresor is so furious that he has planned the perfect crime to
Montresor’s Villainy In an underground catacomb, somewhere in Italy, Montresor is planning a horrible murder. Throughout Edgar Allen Poe’s “Cask of Amontillado,” Montresor portrays a villain figure. Throughout the story, he tries to become friends with Fortunato, but really he just wants to become close with his enemy.
He narrates with such passionate anger, the fact that he wanted to kill Fortunato so much he acts as if he’s beneath him and takes the time to play all the mind games just to hear him scream out for help in the ending. The depths of darkness in this story is very interesting even at Fortunato’s death bed he laughs at the sheer irony, for he is wearing a jester’s uniform and he is the one who has been fooled. In exact words Montresor would admit the gruesome surroundings to the catacomb like structure, ‘’its walls had been lined with human remains piled to the vault overhead’’ – Montresor act
Montresor approaches Fortunato during the carnival. And the carnival can be a symbol for the madness going through Montresor’s head. Montresor claims that Fortunato inﬂicted a “thousand injuries” (Poe, 236), on him, and we never really ﬁnd out what these injuries were. Perhaps
Poe then leads the story down his signature dark path. Montresor and Fortunato go from being in a light, happy place to the catacombs. The catacombs are a dark, damp place where the remains of Montresor’s family
Montresor is a man who is internally unstable and his mental illness leads him to keep in his feelings and cultivate them to the point where he is obsessed. The moment when Montresor’s obsession starts is in the commencement of the story. Montresor states, “ The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge” (pg. 1). What the audience can deduce from this is that Montresor is hurt, he’s been hurt for a very long time, even before he decided he wanted to get revenge on Fortunato. Since Montresor has been hurt by Fortunato multiple times his feelings of resentment only grow more and more, until he has repressed his feelings for so long that they trigger an obsession for revenge. Revenge obsessed and filled with dislike for Fortunato, Montresor is galvanized to get actual vengeance on his foe because he believes it is imperative that
It is truly awful that the reader is expected to side with Montresor because of some unnamed insult Fortunato has committed upon him. Montresor is adamant he must exact his revenge on Fortunato, despite the fact that he is very friendly with Fortunato up until he locks him up for eternity. The reader is supposed to realize that he has reasons for his actions “and these are reasons we should he able to understand. Therein lies a deeper horror in the story” (White). Montresor is far too obsessed with revenge to realize the dark evil of his acts.
Finally, they reach the end on the catacombs and the Amontillado is near. Then, suddenly Montressor throws Fortunato and fettered him on the wall in a little aperture. He Builds a crypt with a trowel and masonry slowly circumscribing him. Fortunato will slowly suffocate and die. He is almost done laying the stones when Fortunato begs him to let him out and lets him know that the joke was very good but Montressor is not joking. He lays the last block and clamored can be heard through the walls. Slowly the noise died down and Montressor absconded to let Fortunato repose. Of course, then Fortunato perceived what he had done.
I know Montresor is evil cause he left Fortunato to suffer till he died. Montresor could of kill Fortunato faster but he decided to make him suffer his death. Montresor said, “For the half of a century no mortal has disturbed