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. From the fourth side the bones had been thrown down, and lay promiscuously upon the earth, forming at one point a mound of some size. Fortunato is anxious to taste the wine and to determine for Montresor whether or not it is truly Amontillado. As Fortunato continues to be tricked, it is only fitting that he look the part. The passageway is damp and full of nitre, causing Fortunato to cough, but the dissembling Montresor shows false concern for Fortunato's health and offers him a sip of Medoc wine. Then he says the events happened fifty years prior.
And yet, when Fortunato goes silent, the narrator is disappointed. Fortunato continues into this crypt with Montresor's urging him into the smaller space. Revenge is something that no one should have to experience; however, sadly sometimes, it is an inevitability that cannot be avoided. With these materials and with the aid of my trowel, I began vigorously to wall up the entrance of the niche. It seemed to have been constructed for no especial use within itself, but formed merely the interval between two of the colossal supports of the roof of the catacombs, and was backed by one of their circumscribing walls of solid granite. Verbal irony occurs when the literal meaning of what the speaker says contrasts heavily with the speaker's actual message. Montresor kills Fortunato in the most diabolical manner The heel crushing the serpent's head.
When at last the clanking subsided, I resumed the trowel, and finished without interruption the fifth, the sixth, and the seventh tier. For the most part their enthusiasm is adopted to suit the time and opportunity, to practise imposture upon the British and Austrian millionaires. There were no attendants at home; they had absconded to make merry in honour of the time. C, 59 12 : 1139—40, :. As he tells Fortunato, he comes from a family with a motto and a coat of arms that indicates a long tradition of revenge, and he ignores any pangs of heart sickness by blaming the damp and shutting Fortunato into the burial ground of his avenging family. At the most remote end of the crypt there appeared another less spacious.
I placed my hand upon the solid fabric of the catacombs, and felt satisfied. Other examples of verbal irony include Montresor's showing of the trowel to Fortunato to prove he is a Mason; Montresor is about to become a mason by imprisoning Fortunato, but he is not a Freemason. It must be understood that neither by word nor deed had I given Fortunato cause to doubt my good will. Usually, this is where we learn about characters and setting. .
He continues to assure us that he has given Fortunato no insight to the fact that he is to kill him, and he plans to use Fortunato's knowledge of wine to lure him to his death. I did this, and the clamourer grew still. The play contains many literary elements that connect to the life of the author as well. This is a big enough problem without going into a detailed explanation of why Montresor wants to commit a perfect crime. The Cask of Amontillado is considered to be one of the best short stories. I paused again, and this time I made bold to seize Fortunato by an arm above the elbow.
It is the backdrop of carnival season that lends the story its fantastic nature, a nature trumped only by the madness of Montresor's revenge. The narrator keeps offering to bring Fortunato back home, but Fortunato refuses. At one point, however, Montresor paused and offered Fortunato a bottle of Medoc wine to help ward off the cold and the fumes of the nitre. Montresor describes the sounds he hears as he builds, the jingling of Fortunato's bells and the clanking of the chains. As Montresor bricks up the wall, we know it's all over for Fortunato, no matter how much noise he makes. Montresor tells us that his servants are away from the house for the night, so they have the house to themselves.
Being raised based with Catholic principles implies that certain values, such as the respect for a persons life, became part of my own identity. Its walls had been lined with human remains, piled to the vault overhead, in the fashion of the great catacombs of Paris. The most obvious ironic element of the story is Fortunato's name. Of course, Fortunato is intentionally buried alive, not accidentally. Montresor puts on a mask of black silk and a cloak and leads Fortunato to his home.
Another foreshadowing of Fortunato's death is the fact that allthroughout the catacombs are the bones of other men who werechained and left for dead. I had finished a portion of the last and the eleventh; there remained but a single stone to be fitted and plastered in. However, by Montresor showing his trowel, he is implying that he is an actual stonemason who constructs things out of stone and mortar. The men walk into a crypt, where human bones decorate three of the four walls. The conflict is what makes the story a story.
As Montresor and Fortunato descend into the catacombs, each step is bringing Fortunato closer to his death of course, he doesn't know that. A quarrel Poe had with two other poets may also have inspired his tale of revenge. My own fancy grew warm with the Medoc. At length I would be avenged; this was a point definitely, settled --but the very definitiveness with which it was resolved precluded the idea of risk. Earlier, he had let all of the servants off for the night, using the excuse of the carnival; in this way he would avoid arousing Fortunato's suspicions and would also prevent anyone from witnessing the atrocity he planned to commit. My heart grew sick; it was the dampness of the catacombs that made it so. Come, we will go back ere it is too late.
Indeed, it is very damp. As they walk toward the Amontillado, Fortunato begins to cough from the damp clinging to the walls. Montresor suggests that they leave to save Fortunato's health. Fortunato is a wine connoisseur and the victim. Fortunato is a member of the sect, Freemasons.