Then, too, the entire situation is ironic — that is, the most terrible and gruesome deeds are executed in a carnival atmosphere of gaiety and happiness; Montresor is using the atmosphere of celebration to disguise the horribly atrocious act of entombing a man alive. This parallels The Cask of Amontillado in that Fortunato at one point reveals he is a freemason, one of the dominant secret societies of America, and similarly the main theme is also revenge. Fortunato, now heavily intoxicated, goes to the back of the recess. Fortunato exclaims that Montresor jests but insists that they continue to the Amontillado. You believe it must have been awful because why else would you want to kill him. The question remains: Was Montresor ever sorry for what he did? The set is published by Listening Library. Fortunato, himself, is ironic because he believes himself to be knowledgeable about wine, yet he is dressed in a Fool's costume for the festival and ultimately Montresor uses Fortunato's pride and vanity of such knowledge to fool him into going into the cellar to his death.
A clue to the fact that he is not is that he vows revenge on Fortunato for having suffered a thousand injuries from Fortunato but now Fortunato has gone too far and insulted him. He seems to be unaware, but the reader is not, of the gleeful tone of his confession. Both narrator clearly plan on their instincts and carefully plans out methods in which leads them to their satisfaction. The time when the story takes place is never specified except to say that it was at the height of the supreme madness of the carnival. Surely the volume and the echoes would not yield two distinct voices, but one grotesque sound. The bones from the fourth wall have been thrown down on the ground.
Starting from convincing Fortunato to get Amontillado, Montresor chains Fortunato to the wall, buries him alive, and gets the revenge, without any doubt from Fortunato. As he tells Fortunato, he comes from a family with a motto and a coat of arms that indicates a long tradition of revenge, and he ignores any pangs of heart sickness by blaming the damp and shutting Fortunato into the burial ground of his avenging family. He constantly feels the need to justify why he is doing this to the audience. Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe, Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1972, pp. In the story we can distinguish many notable characteristics of Montresor. He remains so divided against himself that, as he consummates his atrocity, it recoils upon him; the purposefulness with which he initiated his plan almost immediately distintegrates. Like the other two narrators, Montresor, while taking pains to conceal his crime, must needs be found out.
The passageway is damp and full of nitre, causing Fortunato to cough, but the dissembling Montresor shows false concern for Fortunato's health and offers him a sip of Medoc wine. Fortunato screams, causing Montresor to hesitate, but after a moment he joins in the screaming until Fortunato stops. A year earlier, Poe had published a collection of Tales, which had been widely reviewed. Montresor, on the other hand, actually despises Fortunato and is only happy to see him because Montresor can now carry out his murderous plans. The climax is when Montresor surprises Fortunato by chaining him to the wall, thereby ending the suspense of whether or not Fortunato will get away.
The only hint we have comes in the first paragraph, where he implies that his audience already knows something of Montresor's thoughts and personality. I placed my hand upon the solid fabric of the catacombs, and felt satisfied. Foremost is the fact that Montresor has never let Fortunato know of his hatred. Thus, both the motto and the coat of arms imply that the entire Montresor family history is filled with acts of revenge. Once more let me implore you to return. .
The story's setting contributes greatly to the increasing atmosphere of horror, as Poe's treatments of time and place cause the readers to predict, to fear, and tremble in the unfolding action. Why do we want to be scared, and why do all these people want to scare us? Furthermore, it conforms to and illustrates perfectly many of Poe's literary theories about the nature of the short story: that is, it is short and can be read at one sitting, it is a mood piece with every sentence contributing to the total effect, it is a completely unified work and while it is seemingly simple, it abounds in ironies of many kinds. He died in Baltimore on October 7, 1849, at the age of forty, after an alcoholic episode. After no response, Montresor claims that his heart feels sick because of the dampness of the catacombs. This tells us that he is cunning as he strategically sets up Fortunato for his death.
There are three types of irony used in this short story: verbal irony, dramatic irony, and situational irony. The story is delivered by one of E A Poe's unnamed narrators Poe regularly uses narrators who are never identified. GradeSaver, 29 July 2009 Web. Poe lived with the Allans in England from 1815 to 1820 and attended school there. The focus, therefore, is not on the reason for revenge, but on the revenge itself, not on why Montresor behaves as he does but only on what he does. Quickly, Montresor chains him to the granite while he is too surprised to resist. The title refers to a kind of pale dry sherry from Montillo, Spain which the narrator used to entice his enemy into his family's crypt, serving also as their wine cellar.
In response to the two Griswold projects came a flurry of writing about Poe, much of it praising the writing but condemning the writer. For me it is no matter. He had on atight-fitting parti-striped dress and his head wassurmounted by the conical cap and bells. Revenge The force that drives Montresor to commit the horrible murder of Fortunato is his powerful desire for revenge. This seemingly kind act, of course, carries undertones of the most vicious irony, since what appears to be an act of kindness is only an act performed to keep the victim alive long enough to get him to the niche where he will be buried alive. Poe perfectly portrays the way someone you think is your best friend could just as well be your biggest enemy.