Symbolism In The Cask Of Amontillado

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“The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe is a story of ironic revenge. Montresor, the main character, narrates his plot of his vengeance against Fortunato who has injured and insulted him. He leads Fortunato down to his vaults to try a fine wine, and the foolish Fortunato is oblivious to the fact that Montresor is actually leading him to his death. Once they reach the bottom of the vault, Montresor manages to cuff Fortunato to a wall. With Fortunato captured, Montresor begins to brick a wall. The story is a morbid tale of twisted revenge; however, there are many literary devices and symbols that lie beneath the surface. In “The Cask of Amontillado”, Edgar Allan Poe fabricates a shift in setting and mood while conveying the characters of the…show more content…
In "Poe's Amontillado, One More Time”, E. Bruce Kirkham analyzes the meaning in Fortunato’s name. Kirkham believes it means “the fortunate one” in a way that Fortunato believes he is lucky to be selected to taste Montresor’s amontillado. It is ironic for him to think so when he is actually “fated” to die (Kirkham). He is foolish to not see through Montresor’s numerous uses of reverse psychology. For example, when the two characters first enter the vaults, Fortunato begins having fits of coughing from the nitre (Poe).
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Montresor asks him repeatedly if he would like to return, for he is worried for his health (Poe).
In reality, Montresor is not worried about Fortunato’s coughing, and Fortunato is being played.
By the points stated above, Poe is an author that intricately plants details in his stories to build an effective plot. He has created a foreboding progression in theme and tone with various symbols. Montresor holds a background that has encouraged his plot of revenge, and
Fortunato plays the oblivious fool in his plan. These details have supported the framework to the dark and elaborate tale of “The Cask of Amontillado”. It is what makes this short story compelling and worth
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