What is the best theme for The Cask of Amontillado?
The main themes in “The Cask of Amontillado” are ambivalence, self-delusion, and substance abuse. Ambivalence: Readers are never told the nature of the “thousand injuries of Fortunato,” and Montresor himself seems somewhat ambivalent about the revenge he takes on his “friend.”
What is the lesson of the Cask of Amontillado?
Fortunato certainly gives no sense of having feelings of ill will towards him. Therefore, the “moral lesson” of the story is that revenge is wrong. The reasons for the revenge might not be enough to warrant what is being done to the victim.
What is the author’s purpose in writing the cask of Amontillado?
In “The Cask of Amontillado,” Poe’s purpose is to explore the darkness that can hide beneath a friendly exterior.
What weapon does Montresor carry?
What does Montresor pull out of his cloak?
Why does Montresor pull a shovel out of his cloak? Montresor is trying to make Fortunato believe he too is part of the “brotherhood” or secret society.
What kind of person has Fortunato shown himself to be?
We do know that Fortunato is a powerful man who is respected and also feared. He is competitive and always wants to be first in everything he does, so he is foolish when he wants to rush to the catacombs to be the first to taste the Amontillado. His pride and his single-mindedness helped contribute to his death.
Is Fortunato arrogant?
Fortunato is arrogant about his wine tasting abilities, which is what leads him into the snare that kills him (if Montressor is telling the truth about the incident). It seems that Fortunato truly has no idea what he has done because he is absolutely shocked when he realizes what is happening.
Why is Fortunato’s question of Montresor being a Mason ironic?
Of course, this exchange about being a mason is ironic. Montresor is not a mason in the sense Fortunato means, but another kind of mason. The word mason is thus a double entendre. To Fortunato it means a member of a secret society, while to Montresor it means a person who builds a wall.
What is the motto of the Montresor family?
During their walk, Montresor mentions his family coat of arms: a golden foot in a blue background crushing a snake whose fangs are embedded in the foot’s heel, with the motto Nemo me impune lacessit (“No one provokes me with impunity”).