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The Cast of Amontillado

The Cast of Amontillado The Cast of Amontillado is a short fiction story full of irony and symbolism. In the beginning Montresor, the narrator, saying, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.” Simply by reading the first sentence of the story, it is easy to see that Montresor is vengeful and plans to get revenge on Fortunato. Fortunato, wich is ironic since he is anything but fortunate. He is given the name Fortunato through to make him appear as a fool. Montresor said “Fortunato, like his countrymen, was a quack”. Montresor’s name being associated with treasure gives the reader an image of a rich and powerful man. Montresor also had a coat of arms which is, “A huge human foot d’ or, in a field azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel,” with a motto of, “Nemo me impune lacessit,” which stands for no one attacks me with impunity. The arms symbolize Montresor and Fortunato , Fortunato stepping on Montresor, the snake, and Montrsor getting even with Fortunato, the foot. The reader becomes aware of Montresor’s plan when he says that he is going to continue to smile in Fortunato’s face while using Fortunato’s pride in his wine to lure him into the catacombs to taste some of his imaginary Amontillado. Montresor is very intelligent in his actions. In order to bring Forunato into the wine cellars, Montrsor had to make sure that “there were no attendants at home.” Montresor tells the reader, “They had absconded to make merry in honor of the time. I had told them that I should not return until the morning, and had given explicit orders not to stir from the house. These orders were sufficient, I well knew, to insure their immediate disappearance, one and all, as soon as my back was turned.” Montresor knew that by telling his servants that he would be gone until the morning they would...

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