The Short Story “The Cask Of Amontillado” Describes How

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The short story “The Cask of Amontillado” describes how individual takes revenge on his acquaintance during a carnival in Venice. The main character, Montresor tells his acquaintance, Fortunato about rare wine called Amontillado. Montresor tells Fortunato he has obtained some Amontillado wine and lures him into his cellar. Montresor leads the way into his family catacombs, with the drunk Fortunato following. Afterwards Montresor chains Fortunato to a wall deep in the catacombs, then bricks up the aperture. Fortunato screams for release, but Montresor only mocks him and Fortunato’s body remains undiscovered for fifty years.
The two main characters within this work of literature, represent antithesis intentions as the short story progresses. …show more content…

Fortunato appears to be an extreme extrovert. He relishes to inebriate. He has an abundance of cash and evidently relishes spending it on his own delectation. He is wearing a jester 's costume when Montresor encounters him on the street. People generally optate costumes that represent what they cerebrate of themselves, how they would relish others to perceive them, and/or what they would relish to be. Fortunato would relish to be thought of as a very hysterical fellow, but if he has injured Montresor a thousand times, then he is the kind of "hysterical fellow" who relishes to inflict pain. The court jesters of old were often cruel in their jests because they had the aegis of a puissant patron. Many of the "injuries" Montresor suffered from Fortunato may have been painful digs that hurt his pride. Montresor describes Fortunato as "a man to be reverenced and even feared."

The Cask of Amontillado” has numerous themes including: Liberation and confinement, as well as apostasy. The contrast between liberation and confinement is extreme because for one character to be free, another must die. Most of the story takes place in an incredibly foul smelling catacomb, or underground graveyard. Dead bodies (or at least bones) abound. Liberation becomes less and less of a possibility as the characters move into more minute and more minuscule crypts, each one more revolting than the last. Such confinement makes both the readers and the characters

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