The story of Montresor has been made into a radio anthology episode that was broadcast by a syndicated network. The story revolves around the kidnapping and sale of Montresor into slavery. His kidnapper, Fortunato, steals Montresor’s fiancee and wealth while he is gone and then entombs him alive.
As a character, Montresor is quite different from many other literary characters. He is a short-tempered, vengeful, and unreliable character. Despite being a very different kind of character, his actions and desire for vengeance are quite relatable for readers.
Montresor is a character who is driven by his own desires. In the story, he kills Fortunato because he was angry, and his mind was swayed by this anger. He wished to get revenge for the insults Fortunato gave him.
Montresor represents the darker side of human nature in Poe’s short story “The Cask of Amontillado.” Through his words, the reader can get a sense of his character. The vengeance he seeks is calculated and well thought out, but he may not be as sympathetic as the reader would like.
Montresor is also known for being a cunning manipulator. He often gets his way by deception and trickery. He also uses Fortunato’s pride as a wine connoisseur to lure him into his trap. He is a demented character. This trait is a sign of his independence, but it also helps him to carry out his revenge.
In addition to being a vengeful character, Montresor also has a sense of humor. The way he speaks and acts contributes to the mood of the story. Despite his evil intent, he tries to be amiable with Fortunato, who has been a loyal friend of Montresor for many years.
A student can use CommonLit’s annotation tools to analyze the text of “The Cask of Amontillado.” The activity can also be implemented as a discussion board post or Google Classroom lesson. In the activity, students take on the role of a forensic psychologist, trying to figure out Montresor’s motivations and competence to stand trial. To facilitate the learning process, CommonLit has included a video clip that explains the role of the forensic psychologist.
The novel is a classic example of how the desire for revenge can warp a person’s sense of reason. For example, Montresor’s need for revenge can justify murder, even if the act is not justified. For instance, he justified the murder of Fortunato because of the insult he’d received from Fortunato. In his mind, the actions of Fortunato have injured his pride, and the punishment he executes is justified by his desire to exact revenge.
In addition to the fact that Montresor acted on his anger without any remorse, his motivations were not based on fear, but on family reunification. For example, he wanted to reclaim his family name and prevent Fortunato from destroying his family. In this way, he was able to get revenge without getting caught.
The story of Montresor also offers an interesting perspective on the nature of insanity. While many writers have claimed that Montresor is a genius, Raymond DiSanza claimed that he’s insane. By making this statement, he minimizes the idea of insanity. Without his motives, he would not have been able to perform his act.
The final sentence of Methods of Montresor infers that the author does not intend for Fortunato to be in any kind of a state of mind, though the author’s final phrase implies that he might be. This is in contrast to the conclusion drawn by many other critics of the novel. Despite this fact, Montresor’s motive for killing Fortunato is entirely rational, and his lack of remorse suggests that he is merely seeking revenge. However, he does not appear to be in a state of regret, and he is extremely careful to cover his tracks to avoid detection.
Fortunato’s Masonic affiliation also seems to be significant to Montresor’s motive, though the evidence supporting this is limited. While the symbolism of the Masonic order in Montresor’s coat of arms is grotesque and contradicts the theory of Fortunato’s Masonic affiliation, the symbolism seems significant.
Montresor’s story also received attention when it was adapted into a syndicated radio anthology. It tells the story of a nobleman who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. While the nobleman was away, his fiancee and the wealth he accumulated were stolen by Fortunato. In the end, the gruesome act was carried out without a trace.
The story also uses foreshadowing to create a spooky mood. The snake biting Fortunato’s heel is a symbol of revenge. These are just a few of the ways Edgar Allan Poe uses foreshadowing to set a mood.