Prof. Francois G
March, 2015. The Cask of Amontillado “ The Secretive Revenge”
In Edgar Allen Poe’s story in the Cask of Amontillado, Poe wrote this story from the perspective of Montresor who vows revenge against Fortunato in an effort to support his time honored family. The narrator claims, “ Nemo me impune lacessit” or “No one insults me with impunity” (Poe 220). Poe does not intend for the reader to sympathize with Montresor because he has been wronged by Fortunato, but rather to judge him. Poe uses the cask of Amontillado to tell the revenge story that full moral shock and horror.
The narrator claims, starts the story by talking about one evening during the supreme madness of the carnival festival , which everybody appeals to be in good mood celebrating and enjoying the festival. “Fortunato wore a motley tight fitted striped dress and his head was surmounted by the conical cap and bells.”(Poe 219). The narrator claims, Montresor continue to smile in
Fortunato's face, and he did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his immolation (Poe 218). Montresor persuades the drunk Fortunado to go to the particolored vault the Palace, “ I have received a pipe of what passes for Amontillado and I have my doubts” and
“he continue I was silly enough to pay the full Amontillado price without consulting you in the matter . You were not to be found, and I was fearful of losing a bargain ”( Poe 219). Fortunato is
doubtful about the genuineness of the wine and wants to check its quality. Montresor knows his victim’s personality very well and takes advantage of it to carry out his plan of revenge.
Montresor tries not to make Fortunato suspicious. In fact, he pretends to smile, invites him repeatedly to put off the wine test, and showing also a certain concern for his health “You are rich, respected, admired beloved; you are happy, as once I was” ( Poe 220). Now the mood changes to dark place, “ we had passed through long walls of piled skeleton with casks and puncheons intermingling, into the inmost recess of the catacombs”( Poe 221). Montresor smiles a sarcastic, devilish grin aimed at filling the murderer’s black heart with joy, while thinking of the crime to be committed like immolation.
Montresor has strategically planned for this meeting by sending his servants away to the carnival. The two men descend into the damp vaults, which are covered with nitre, or saltpeter, a whitish mineral. Apparently aggravated by the nitre, Fortunato begins to cough. Montresor need to make sure that his plan goes off without a hitch. If he were to act indifferent to Fortunato’s health, Fortunato may suspect that Montresor wa up to no good. However, Montressor appears concerned about Fortunato’s health cover up his evil intentions of murdering him.“ we will go back; your health is precious”( Poe 220). Montresor keeps offering to take Fortunato back home, but Fortunato refuses. Instead, he accepts wine as the solution to his cough. They continue to explore the deep vaults, which are full of the dead bodies of the Montresor family. In response to the crypts, Fortunato claims to have forgotten Montresor's family coat of arms and motto.Montressor responds that his family shield portrays “ a huge human foot d’or, in a field azure; the foot crushed a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel,” The narrator
claims , “The motto, in latin, is Nemo me impune lacessit that is no one insults me with impunity” (Poe 220).
In light of this reference, the fact that the family describes itself as the foot crushing the head of the serpent means more than the written inscription of the motto. Not only will the
Montresor's punish anyone whom they feel harm by them, but also they will deliver that punishment with a sense of authority. In their eyes, they are equated with Christ ( the foot), or
God and anyone who dares to strike against them is the…