“The Cask Of Amontillado” Edgar Allan Poe

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Symbolism is the use of objects to represent ideas or qualities in the story. In the story many things are used as symbols such as the actual cask of amontillado, the trowel, the jester costume and the setting in which there is two in the story. Another literary technique used significantly in the story is irony. Irony is the expression of ones meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite.

In the short story “The Cask of Amontillado,” Montresor a very troubled man who plans to seek revenge on another man named Fortunato for humiliating him. He presents us with a brief understanding of his motive on why he must kill Fortunato. It is carnival and Montresor ...view middle of the document...

Therefore seeking revenge upon Fortunato in sick twisted way.

Another major character is Fortunato. He himself represents a fool. As stated by R.J.Russ “Montresor wants Fortunato to die like a fool that he is.” Fortunato also represents pride because “he prided himself on his connoisseurship in wine” (20). This implies that he was good at knowing his wines and would rather go see the Amontillado himself rather than Luchresi.

R.J.Russ suggests that “The Amontillado its self is a great symbol in ‘The Cask of Amontillado,’ which is used to lure Fortunato to his death and represents a rare attitude.” According to Trent Lorcher “The Amontillado represents two causes of Fortunato’s demise.” One of them being that he has a passion for wine leaving him susceptible to Montresor’s trickery. Another symbol is the trowel that Montresor pulls out from his roquelaire. Motresor states, “It is this, I answered, producing from beneath the folds of my roquelaire a trowel” (23). The trowel shows that Montresor is more likely skilled in masonry.

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The clown costume represents Fortunato’s foolishness. R.J.Russ declares “This is Montresors way of humiliating Fortunate further for the anger he has caused him.” You could say that the clown costume suits Fortunato perfectly because of his personality. The last object is Montresor’s family motto “nemo me impune lacessit.” The phrase means nobody harms me without being punished. Trent Lorcher implies that the picture of “the motto is an allusion to the Book of Genesis in theBible: it contains a heal smashing a serpents head as it sinks its fangs into the heel.” In my opinion the snake is Fortunato hurting Montresor’s pride and Montresor is the heel crushing the serpent’s head.

The most important setting in the story is Carnival. It is important because it sets a certain mood and vibe during the time. Although it is not the only setting it helps understand the story a little more. Carnival represents madness. Trent Lorcher explains how the setting its self “represents the supreme madness of the narrators mind. It ties to Montresor because it is a setting matched to his way of thinking. The other setting the catacombs represents...

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