Montresor Essay

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The story begins with Montresor’s monologue, explaining why he wants to take revenge on Fortunado, actually a friend of him. “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge”. Although the writer doesn’t give the detail explanation of what, on earth, Fortunato did by the “thousand injuries”, we can still feel the anger of Montresor, burning in his mind. He wants to revenge, using his own way. “It must be understood that neither by word nor deed had I given Fortunato cause to doubt my good will. I continued as was my wont, to smile in his face, and he did not perceive that my smile NOW was at the thought of his immolation.” He knew Fortunato’s characteristics well, including the weak point. That is how he did the whole revenge.
The main characters in this story are Montresor and Fortunado. Montresor wants to take revenge on Fortunado. He is a deranged man who seeks revenge. He perfectly planed the whole revenge. Montresor was skillful in the Italian vintages himself. As metioned above, he knows well about his friend Fortunado — Fortunado was crazy about wine tasting and “prided himself on the connoisseurship in wine”. From the beginning to the end, Montresor’s language, his mood, and his action don’t really chance, including the hidden meaning of what he said. His voice has no diversion, no explanation, and even no emotion. His words are full of ironies, like “For the love of the God!” and “to the buried that repose around us.” All of those things indicate that he is a man with his mind full of revenge. He is desperate to kill Fortunato, but in the meantime, he is also careful to take actions.

Fortunato is from Italy. He is a friend of Montresor's, and whom Montresor has swears to "punish with impunity." Fortunato has no sense of what his friend did against him and he shows no uneasiness in Montresor's company. Fortunato, a respected and feared man, however, is easily induced when it comes to the Italian wine--Amontillado. He is so proud of his ability that he is confident to take on this challenge, even though he has a cough and is already somewhat drunk. During the time in the catacombs, Montresor deliberately persuades him to go back, pretending to worry about his health. In fact, it makes Fortunato want to pursuit the wine more eagerly and imperatively. At least we can read in their conversation, “Let us go, nevertheless. The cold is merely nothing”, and “The cough is nothing”. He allows himself to be led into the catacombs further and further, by Montresor, without any...

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