At this point, Fortunato was sure that Montresor didn't understand the gesture because it belonged to the secret order of the masons — an order that Fortunato was certain that Montresor couldn't belong to, thus flinging Montresor another insult and, unknowingly, bringing himself closer to his living death. Poe achieves what he calls the unity of effect by intentionally building each element of the plot, intertwining it with irony. The fact that Fortunato has on the costume of a jester makes the irony even stronger. Lesson Summary 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. In return to Fortunato's toast to those buried in the catacombs, Montressor drinks to Fortunato's long life, knowing that it has but a few hours left. The Cask of Amontillado' is a story by Edgar Allan Poe, whichdescribes a man's attempt to lure his braggart friend into hisbasement and wall him up alive down there.
Catacombs are underground passages that are often places where the dead are buried. In that respect, Montresor is a mason. In consequence, he went to live with John and Frances Allen, in Richmond, Virginia. Everything is relevant, especially each part of the plot. Here the reader gets the idea thatMontresor and his family have done this sort of thing before andthat this might be how he intends to do it to Fortunato very soon. Conflict The narrator, Montresor, claims that Fortunato has gravely insulted him, and is plotting to get his revenge. In the story the purpose of Montresor is very clear and Fortunato is completely unaware of it.
In the classroom, students can track the rich symbolism Poe uses to send a strong lesson to readers. The murderer concludes: In pace requiescat! 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. The rising action is the detail in the story that leads us further into the characters and lets us explore the conflict. Come, we will go back ere it is too late. The American Novel: New Essays on Poe's Major Tales. The two men descend into the damp vaults, which are covered with nitre, or saltpeter, a whitish mineral.
The narrator and Fortunato have a lot in common. As the two men travel into the catacombs, Fortunato has no inkling that his friend will betray him. Characters So, aside from being a story about a barrel of wine, Poe's short story is one of revenge and secret murder. Although Fortunato has hurt Montresor with biting insults, Montresor will ultimately crush him. Thus, both the motto and the coat of arms imply that the entire Montresor family history is filled with acts of revenge. Analysis: Irony Part of what makes Poe's story so seamless is his use of irony.
Wine is an important symbol in this story. Fortunato says that he must be jesting, and the two men continue onward. Not only is this a great way to teach the parts of the plot, but it reinforces major events and help students develop greater understanding of literary structures. Montresor has strategically planned for this meeting by sending his servants away to the carnival. Fortunato insults Montresor in an unspecified way, and Montresor plans revenge. The narrator, Montresor, without giving the particulars, explains that he has a grudge to settle with Fortunato, who insulted him. Montresor gave him a bottle of De Grave, which Fortunato emptied and then tossed the bottle into the air with a certain symbolic gesture.
Because Poe was working to achieve the unity of effect, each part of his plot is relevant, building on the previous point and anticipating the next. This has been reprinted multiple times since, most recently by Saddleback Illustrated Classics in 2006. Inside the crypt is another enclosure, narrower, and three of its walls lined with human remains and the fourth wall exposed and its bone decorations thrown down before it in a pile. . These are used to enhance the symbolism, motifs, and themes within the story.
Apparently aggravated by the nitre, Fortunato begins to cough. He says his 'heart grew sick' but only on the 'account of the dampness of the catacombs,' and he finishes building the wall. This is a setting that has all the elements, a perfect gothic story would have. They walk through the graveyard in the middle of the night. In addition to this being an incident of foreshadowingit is also one of irony. Poe gives us a view at premeditated murder from the details in his story told through the eyes of Montresor.
Without a detective in the story, it is up to the reader to solve the mystery. Fortunato's name itself … is a bit of irony, since it means 'fortunate one' in Italian, however once he is chained to the cellar wall, he meets a most unfortunate end. When Fortunato's disappearance is discovered there will be a thorough investigation—but no one will suspect Montresor of foul play because the two men were known to be such great friends. The alcohol soon wears off and Fortunato moans, terrified and helpless. Amontillado is a very rare wine. A pipe is just a word for a barrel.
He compliments Fortunato on his knowledge and says he was silly to buy the wine without his advice. This essay will allow you to see the gothic elements Edgar Allan Poe uses through his most common poems. The phrase means nobody harms me without being punished. Fortunato was a wine connoisseur. Even the blue of the background serves as a symbol, giving a sense of freedom to revenge. As they walk toward the Amontillado, Fortunato begins to cough from the damp clinging to the walls. It hangs like moss upon the vaults.