Cask Of Amontillado Analysis

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Edgar Allen Poe’s short story “Cask of Amontillado” (1846) shares the confession of a man who committed an abhorrent and nefarious crime half a century ago. Montresor lures Fortunato into the family catacombs under the pretext that he insists on requiring Fortunato 's self-proclaimed wine connoisseurship to determine the authenticity of Montresor’s newly attained cask of Amontillado. There, he proceeds to brick Fortunato into a wall of the vaults to perish as revenge for the “thousand injuries” he had presumably suffered at the hands of Fortunato (Poe 3). The story never fails to confound readers as to the motive behind Montresor’s actions. The mystery behind this often leads readers to draw the conclusion that Montresor suffers from mental …show more content…
Based off of this, readers may infer that Fortunato stands in a higher social class than Montresor. This later contributes to the clues displaying Montresor’s motive through his family crest. Although Fortunato may reside in a higher financial and social status, Montresor appears to of inherited a more prominent and impressive lineage and ancestry than Fortunato. The extensive family catacombs that he has access and ownership of, the Mason symbol, and the family crest display his aristocratic family ancestry. The Montresors’ family crest acts as a clue to Montresor’s motive. At Fortunato 's request, Montresor describes his family crest: “A huge human foot d’or, in a field azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel” (6). The crest metaphorically depicts how Fortunado, the serpent, taunted and attempted to “injure” Montresor using his power as an evil serpent. Fortunato uses his financial status as a reason to hold power over Montresor. However, Fortunato lacks the right to insult him due to the fact that he came from less significant bloodlines.This exposes that the conflict between the two men stems from an inconsistency in their social standings and Fortunato 's right to commit impudence against a person of a higher social class. Montresor wishes to extend revenge upon Fortunato because he believes that Fortunato had wrongfully attempted to disgrace

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