The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe
?The Cask of Amontillado? by Edgar Allan Poe is a story about two men at a carnival, the narrator Montresor, who is being eaten by jealousy, and Fortunato, a rich drunk man that has a weakness for wine. It is through deception that Montresor achieves his revenge against Fortunato. He did not believe that killing Fortunato is wrong because of the insults and injures Fortunato brought against him. ?The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne.? (Poe, 75) says Montresor. Montresor brought Fortunato down into the catacomb. This was his chance for revenge.
In the opening lines Montresor explains what Fortunato has done to him: ?he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge?(75. The next line Montresor explains that he did not threaten him back and he did not reply to the threats. It was not in Montresor?s nature to do return the threat, ?You, who so well know the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that I gave utterance to a threat?(75).
Montresor went out of his way to be nice to Fortunato; meanwhile inside of him the jealousy burned. ?Neither by word nor deed had I given Fortunato cause to doubt my good will?(75), he did things for Fortunato and continued on making everything seem normal so that Fortunato would not expect Montresor to do anything to him. ?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?(75,76), Montresor continued to smile as he has been doing all the time, but now he smiled when he saw him because he was thinking of his demise.
Montresor tricked Fortunato into believing that he has Amontillado because if Fortunato was drunk it would be easier to kill him. ?My dear Fortunato, you are luckily met. How remarkably well you are looking today. But I have received a pipe of what passes for amontillado?(76). Montresor says this to get Fortunato to go to the catacombs with him, where he has his revenge plotted. Whether he has amontillado or not, he was not planning on giving Fortunato any. Montresor was also deceptive in saying, ?My friend, no; I will not impose upon your good nature,? saying ?My friend? is and example of Montresor being deceptive and also when he is saying, ?I will not impose upon your good nature? is misleading because he doesn?t care if he imposes or about Fortunato?s good nature. On page 77 Montresor says, ??drink,? I said, presenting him the wine,? this shows that Montresor wanted him drunk. Montresor knew that Fortunato was already drunk, ?for he had been drinking much?(76), ?He turned towards me, and looked into my eyes with two filmy orbs that distilled the rheum of intoxication.?(77). With Fortunato drunk it is easier for Montresor to kill him.
Throughout the story Montresor says things to make him seem like a caring man. Things like ?I have my doubts?(76), ?some fools will have it that his taste is a match for your own?(76), and ?we will go back; your health...