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The story, set in an dde Italian city at carnival time in an unspecified year, is about a man taking fatal revenge on a friend who, he believes, has insulted him. Like several of Poe’s stories, and in keeping with the 19th-century fascination with the subject, the narrative revolves around a person being buried alive — in this case, by immurement.
The story’s narrator, Montresor, tells an unspecified person, who knows him very well, of the day he took his revenge on Fortunato Italian for “the fortunate one”a fellow nobleman.
Angry over numerous injuries and some unspecified insult, Montresor plots to murder his “friend” during Carnivalwhile the man is drunk, dizzy, and wearing a xe ‘s motley.
The Cask of Amontillado – Wikipedia
Montresor lures Fortunato into a private wine-tasting excursion by telling him he has obtained a pipe about gallons,  litres of what he believes to be a evgar vintage of Amontillado. He proposes obtaining confirmation of pod pipe’s contents by inviting a fellow wine aficionado, Luchesi, for a private tasting. Montresor knows Fortunato will not be able to resist demonstrating his discerning palate for wine and will insist that he taste the amontillado rather than Luchesi who, as he claims, “cannot tell Amontillado from Sherry”.
Fortunato goes with Montresor to the wine cellars of the latter’s palazzowhere they wander in the catacombs. Montresor warns Fortunato, who has a bad cough, of the dampness, and suggests they go back, but Fortunato insists on continuing, claiming that he “shall not die of a cough”.
During their walk, Montresor mentions his family coat of arms: At one point, Fortunato makes an elaborate, grotesque gesture with an upraised wine bottle.
When Montresor appears not to recognize the gesture, Fortunato asks, “You are not of the masons? When they come to a nicheMontresor tells his victim that the Amontillado is within. Fortunato enters drunk and unsuspecting and therefore, does not resist as Montresor quickly chains him to the wall. Montresor then declares that, since Fortunato won’t go back, Montresor must “positively leave” him allna.
Montresor reveals brick and mortar, previously hidden among the bones nearby, and proceeds to wall up the niche using his trowel, entombing his friend alive. At first, Fortunato, who sobers up faster than Montresor anticipated, shakes the chains, trying to escape.
Fortunato then screams for help, but Montresor mocks his cries, knowing nobody can hear them. Fortunato laughs weakly and tries to pretend that he is the subject of a joke and that people will be waiting for him including the Lady Fortunato.
Before placing the last stone, he drops a burning torch through the gap. He claims that he feels sick at heart, but dismisses this reaction as an effect of the dampness of the catacombs.
In the last few sentences, Montresor reveals that 50 years later, Fortunato’s body still hangs from its chains in the niche where he left it. Although the subject matter of Poe’s story is a murder, “The Cask of Amontillado” is not a tale of detection like ” The Murders in the Rue Morgue ” or ” The Purloined Letter “; there is no investigation of Montresor’s crime and the criminal himself explains how he committed the murder.
Xmontillado mystery in “The Cask of Amontillado” is in Montresor’s motive for murder. Without a detective in the story, it is up to the reader to solve the mystery. Montresor never specifies his motive beyond the vague “thousand injuries” and “when he ventured upon insult” to which he refers. Some context is provided, including Montresor’s observation that his family once was great but no longer soand Fortunato’s belittling remarks about Montresor’s exclusion from Freemasonry. Many commentators conclude that, lacking significant reason, Montresor must be insanethough even this is questionable because of the intricate edhar of the plot.
There is also evidence that Montresor is almost as clueless about his motive for revenge as his victim. It is dl unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong”. amontillqdo
After Fortunato is chained to the wall and nearly entombed alive, Montresor merely mocks and mimics him, rather than disclosing to Fortunato the reasons behind his exacting revenge. Montresor may not have maontillado entirely certain of the exact nature of the insults for which he expected Fortunato to atone. Additional scrutiny into the vague injuries and insults may have to do with a simple matter of Montresor’s pride and not any specific words from Fortunato.
His house had once been noble and allann, but has fallen slightly in status. Fortunato, as xe name would seem to indicate, has been blessed with good fortune and wealth and is, therefore, viewed as unrefined by Montresor; however, this lack of refinement has not stopped Fortunato from surpassing Montresor in society, which could very well be the “insult” motive for Montresor’s revenge. There is indication that Montresor blames his unhappiness and loss of respect and dignity within society on Fortunato.
Montresor even imparts this blame to Fortunato when he states, “You are rich, respected, admired, beloved; you are happy, as once I was”. This interchanging of fortunes is a suggestion that, since the names Montresor and Fortunato mirror one another, there is a psychological reciprocal identification between victim and executioner.
Tonsl is with this converging of the two characters that one is able to see the larger symbolism of amonyillado Montresor crest — the foot steps on the serpent while the serpent forever has his fangs embedded in amontilladi heel.
Upon further investigation into the true nature of character, double meaning can be derived from the Montresor crest. A more a,ontillado meaning of Poe’s places the actors in reverse.
Though Fortunato is presented as a connoisseur of fine wine, L. Moffitt Cecil of Texas Christian University argues that his actions in the story make that assumption questionable. For ed, Fortunato comments on another nobleman being unable to distinguish amontillado from sherry when amontillado is in fact a type of sherry, and treats De Grave, an expensive French wine, with very little regard by drinking amontil,ado in a single gulp.
Cecil also states that a true wine connoisseur would never sample wine while intoxicated and describes Fortunato as merely an edgr. Cecil also suggests that some people might feel Fortunato deserved to be buried alive for wasting a bottle of fine wine.
Immurementa form of imprisonment, usually for life, in which a person is placed within an enclosed space with no exit, is featured in other works by Poe, including ” The Fall of the House of Usher “, ” The Premature Burial amontilaldo, ” The Black Cat “, and ” Berenice “. An apocryphal legend holds that the inspiration for “The Cask of Amontillado” came from a story Poe had heard at Castle Island South BostonMassachusettswhen he was a private stationed at Fort Independence in Historically, Massie had been killed in a sword duel on Christmas Day by Lieutenant Gustavus Drane, following a dispute during a card game.
Poe wrote his tale, however, as a response to his personal rival Thomas Dunn English. Amonyillado and English had several confrontations, usually revolving around literary caricatures of one another. Poe thought that one of English’s writings went a bit too far, and successfully sued the other man’s editors at The New York Mirror for libel in Its plot was convoluted and difficult to follow, but made references to secret societies and ultimately had a main theme of revenge.
This parody of Poe was depicted as a drunkard, liar, and an abusive lover. Poe responded with “The Cask of Amontillado”, using very specific references to English’s novel. In Poe’s story, for example, Fortunato makes reference to the secret society of Masonssimilar to the secret society inand even makes a gesture similar to one portrayed in it was a signal of distress. English had also used an image of a token with a hawk grasping a snake in its claws, similar to Montresor’s amontkllado of arms bearing a foot stomping on a snake — though in this tobel, the snake is biting the heel.
In fact, much of the scene of “The Cask of Amontillado” comes from a scene in that takes place in a subterranean vault.
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In the end, then, it is Poe who “punishes with impunity” by not taking credit for his own literary revenge and by crafting a concise tale as opposed to a novel with a singular effect, as he had suggested in his essay ” The Philosophy of Composition “. Poe may have also been inspired, at least in part, by the Washingtonian movementa fellowship that promoted temperance. The group was made up of reformed drinkers who tried to scare people into abstaining from alcohol.
Poe may have made a promise to join the movement in after a bout of drinking with the hopes of gaining a political appointment. Poe scholar Richard P. Further inspiration for the method of Fortunato’s murder comes from the fear of live burial.
During the time period of this short story some coffins were given methods of alerting the outside in the event of live entombment. Items such as bells tied to the limbs of a corpse to signal the outside were not uncommon. This theme is evident in Fortunato’s costume of a jester with bells upon his hat, and his situation of live entombment within the catacombs.
The Cask of Amontillado
Poe may have known bricklaying through personal experience. Many periods in Poe’s life lack significant biographical details, including what he did after leaving the Southern Literary Messenger in Ingram wrote to Sarah Helen Whitman that someone named “Allen” said that Poe worked “in the brickyard ‘late in the fall of ‘”. This source has been identified as Robert T. Allen, a fellow West Point student during Poe’s time there. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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