By telling Fortunato that he has received a cask of amontillado, Montresor lures Fortunato deep into his family catacombs where he burns and buries Fortunato alive. Not only is this story a classic tale of murder, but Poe has also included many symbol s throughout the story to encourage the imagination of the reader. Or maybe Fortunato has in fact been inflicting injury on Montresor since days of childhood, and the carnival symbolizes that Montresor has literally gone mad. The name Fortunato itself is a symbol.
Plot summary[ edit ] Fortunato and Montresor drink in the catacombs. Angry over numerous injuries and some unspecified insult, Montresor plots to murder his "friend" during Carnivalwhile the man is drunk, dizzy, and wearing a jester 's motley.
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 rare vintage of Amontillado.
He proposes obtaining confirmation of the 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 there. 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. Publication history[ edit ] Montresor walling up Fortunato.
The 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. 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.The Cask of Amontillado: Epitome of an Anti-Hero.
The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe is a story centred upon an act of revenge. Poe with his characters demonstrates how an unchecked emotion of a person can lead to another’s destruction. Poe is the epitome of the Dark Romantic writer.
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. “The Cask of Amontillado” () “For the love of God, Montresor!” (See Important Quotations Explained). Summary.
The narrator, Montresor, opens the story by stating that he has been irreparably insulted by his acquaintance, Fortunato, and that he seeks revenge.
Irony in The Cask of Amontillado, a Story by Edgar Allan Poe Words | 3 Pages In his short story “The Cask of Amontillado,” Edgar Allan Poe tells a tale of murder through the protagonist of .
The Serpent and the Clown The story “The Cask of Amontillado” written by Edgar Allen Poe we meet the vengeful Montresor who plots to murder his dear friend Fortunato. By telling Fortunato that he has received a cask of amontillado, Montresor lures Fortunato deep into his family catacombs where he burns and buries Fortunato alive.
At the beginning of the story, Fortunato is the epitome of freedom – he’s reveling in the spirit of the carnival. Montresor, on the other hand, is trapped by his desire for revenge. So he snares Fortunato with something Fortunato thinks will give him even more freedom: the Amontillado.