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I indulged myself on reading the story severally to understand the plot of the narrative. I learnt that the story is narrated by a character known as Montresor who is planning to kill his friend, Fortunato, who insulted him. The two characters come from the equal social class and are highly respected because of the affluence they possess. The story shows how Montresor planned to kill Fortunato using his fondness for wine, the amontillado, during the carnival season (Poe, 57). He manages to kill his friend by trapping him in a small crypt where he was supposed to find out whether the wine was amontillado.
Symbols in the story helped me in comprehending the plot and the story of the shirt story (Poe, 3). For example, ‘Fortunato’ as a name is ironic device since the name originates from ‘fortunate’ in Italian. This is the opposite of what happens since Fortunato was unfortunate in his life when he was tricked by his friend and finally met his
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Burger, on the other hand, is introduced in such a way that the audience knows that he is very serious. Kennedy is the man to whom everything has been given, and quite easily – wealth, women, fame, fortune. He is the dilettante for whom life is a ball, and, in the process hurts people, sometimes without knowing it.
The tale is filled with images of bones, death, and decay ironically at a time of great merrymaking and carnival activities. Wine and alcohol are mentioned throughout the story, highlighting Fortunato’s dependence and indulgence in such delights.
The narrator and murderer in the story is never introduced by Poe till the end of the story. This keeps reader engaged in the plot of the story and he keeps guessing the plot structure and characterization additionally, it has also supported the writer in escalating the suspense and thrill in the story.
The narrator thinks that he has been wronged by Fortunato and vows to take revenge to settle his score with Fortunato. Though the injuries are innumerable, yet the narrator is motivated to retaliate due to the insult hurled upon him by Fortunato. The narrator, Montresor devises a wicked plan to satisfy his vindictive passion.
The victim, narrator and reader are enclosed in a sequence of ever-mounting fear and tension, to the final entrapment. Poe used the device of enclosures to force the confrontation of the deepest human fears; death, burial alive, and the potential for wickedness and madness in the human mind.
unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong (Poe, 107).” In short, the narrator is saying that two criteria need to be met in order for him to get back at Fortunato for his insult. First, he needs to know exactly who was
have been case studies in abnormal psychology made the story a highly interesting and educational reading material for those interested in discovering how the human mind works. His depiction of the method by which the human mind process jealousy and pride into an act of revenge
As the story moves on, the theme then changes and becomes very explicit especially with the intentions of the characters. Generally, the theme fails to offer any new human condition insight especially with the premeditated murder, which