Why does Montresor appear to be concerned about Fortunato's health and livelihood?
Montresor appears concerned about Fortunato's health to cover up his evil intentions of murdering him. Fortunato feels flattered that Montressor is so concerned about his cold and instantly walks into the trap laid for him: It is not the engagement, but the severe cold with which I perceive you are afflicted .
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.
- This is why he says he must "punish with impunity." He will make Fortunato pay for his insults, but Montresor will be free from any harm to himself. The second part of successful revenge is that Fortunato must know that Montresor is the person who is seeking revenge against him.
- 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."
- In 'The Cask of Amontillado,' the narrator, Montresor, lures his former friend - we might call him a frenemy today - Fortunato, to an underground maze of tunnels and tombs. There he gets Fortunato drunk, locks him in chains, and walls him up before leaving him to die slowly.
What preparations had Montresor made for his revenge? He prepared a fake story about having Amontillado to lure Fortunado to his house and he also set a shovel and lots of mortar and stone in a crypt deep within his catacombs where he would lead Fortunado. He planned to bury him alive within a wall of stone.
- Montresor states that the motive for his crime is revenge. In his mind, he is the long-suffering innocent party who has suffered "the thousand injuries" of Fortunato with forbearance, but when "insult" follows, can endure Fortunato no longer.
- What preparations had Montresor made for his revenge? He prepared a fake story about having Amontillado to lure Fortunado to his house and he also set a shovel and lots of mortar and stone in a crypt deep within his catacombs where he would lead Fortunado. He planned to bury him alive within a wall of stone.
- Montresor manipulates Fortunato by promising that the bottle is deep within his family's catacombs (which double as a wine cellar), and he lures him to his predesigned burial place with the temptation of a drink. Montresor further manipulates Fortunato by bringing Luchesi into the equation.
Montresor knew that his house would be empty because he made sure that his servants would leave by telling them that he would not be returning home. His servants don't respect him. He is certainly not up to Fortunato's station in life. He knows how to get rid of his servants.
- In Dee's character, Walker illustrates the choice to put the past behind us. The climax of "Everyday Use" occurs when the mother abruptly decides to give the quilts to Maggie and not Dee (Miss Wangero). With this moment as the climax, the mother decides that the quilts should go to Maggie and not Dee.
- Unreliable Narrator. Any critic will tell you that Montresor is “a classic example of an unreliable narrator.” And this is probably true: if he's capable of plastering Fortunato into a vault, we can't trust him. If he's lying, and he didn't kill Fortunato, then we still can't trust him.
- Fortunato is addicted to wine. He's already really drunk when he meets Montresor, and he thinks the Amontillado can help him take it to the next level. Right up until the end, he thinks of Amontillado, and only Amontillado. Plus, he lets Montresor get him get even more drunk down in the catacomb.
Updated: 18th November 2019