What is the Amontillado in the cask of Amontillado?
To wrap it up, Edgar Allan Poe's short story 'The Cask of Amontillado' is the story of a man named Montresor who decides to seek revenge against a man named Fortunato, who has insulted him. He meets Fortunato at a carnival, lures him into the catacombs of his home, and buries him alive.
Montresor decides to seek revenge against Fortuanato because he believes that Fortunato has insulted him. The story says "the thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge."
- Montresor is a man obsessed with revenge. He also seems to be rather insecure and sensitive, especially about his family background. For example, he says his reason for killing Fortunato is that Fortunato insulted him.
- In Edgar Allan Poe's classic thrilling story "The Cask of Amontillado", Poe does a great job setting up a dark and suspenseful mood. When you are analyzing a story and looking at the mood, you must not get this confused with tone. The mood of a story is the feeling that the reader gets from reading the story.
- Montresor carefully plans out his revenge against Fortunato. He chooses Carnival as the time to carry out the murder because he knows people will be drinking and having fun. He makes sure his servants will not be in the house, so no one will see Fortunato coming into his house.
Hamlet Theme of Revenge. Ghosts, perverse family drama, and a vow of revenge: Hamlet is all geared up to be a traditional bloody revenge play… and then it grinds abruptly to a halt. Instead, most of the play is concerned with Hamlet's inner struggle to take action.
- When you seek vengeance, you hurt yourself as well, if not more. You are not going to feel good about hurting someone regardless if it is warranted or not. Your anger toward this person will only increase if you preoccupy yourself with revenge. “The best revenge is just moving on and getting over it.
- Emotional Competency - Revenge. The passion for revenge is strong and sometimes almost overwhelming. Revenge is a primitive, destructive, and violent response to anger, injury, or humiliation. It is a misguided attempt to transform shame into pride.
- When Hamlet sees his father's ghost, the ghost talks to him. It tells him about how it was murdered. The ghost tells Hamlet that it was Claudius who killed Hamlet's father. The ghost also tells Hamlet that he needs to seek revenge.
The Cask of Amontillado takes place in Italy during Carnevale: a festive time in the country similar to Mardi Gras in the United States. We start there, at night, in the madness, but are then taken back to the home of Montressor, more specifically, into the catacombs/wine cellars below.
- The narrator, Montresor, is angry with Fortunato because he feels that Fortunato has injured and insulted him. He says, "The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge."
- The main conflict in the story is between Montresor and Fortunato. Montresor, our narrator, believes that Fortunato has "inflicted a thousand insults," upon him. It is because of these "insults", which are not named in the story, that Montresor begins to execute his plot for revenge.
- While most studies of irony focus on the ironic meaning of Fortunato's name in "The Cask of Amontillado," the symbolism in Montresor's name is often overlooked. In the Romance languages, Montresor's name literally means "to show fate." At the beginning of the story, Montresor states why he desires Fortunato's downfall.
Updated: 8th October 2018