Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Cask of Amontillado’ is both spooky and thrilling. The theme of the story is revenge; a revenge that forces Montresor to commit a murder onto Fortunato. The Cask of Amontillado opens with the line, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge” (1), which sets up the mood for the reader quite nicely. In only only a few words Poe is able to tell the reader that it this story is based upon the relationship of the two and the revenge set forth.
As for the story, I feel the main character is a static character. I say this because there is no growth throughout the entire story, he remains the same. The only difference we encounter during the story is when the character is hiding what he writes from people who, as he said, did not like him writing. A static character is a character who remains the unchanged throughout the narrative. While the character may be static, there are many emotions and feelings in the story. You get a sense of betrayal, revenge and freedom. Allusion is used throughout the story making the reader remember and compare the words in the story to previous gained knowledge. This allows Poe to give a more detailed picture with far less words.
Throughout the story, there is talk of wanting to be free from confinement. The biggest feeling of all however, is revenge. As the story goes on, you wonder if the character is indeed mad or if he is just portraying himself as such in order to get his revenge. It isn’t until the end of the story that you are fully aware of the characters intentions upon Fortunato. The last sentence states: “The last stone was put and plastered into place. Against the new masonry, Montresor stacked the old bones. “For half of [a] century no mortal has disturbed them. In pace requiescat!” (May he rest in peace!)””. Once you’ve read that line, you become aware at just how vengeful Montresor really was toward Fortunato.
There are some parts that seem to be out of place, however. For instance, Montresor at one point shows concern for Fortunto’s health, but then later speaks of his vengeance and murder. One line that really stands out to me is when Fortunto’s states that his cough will not be the death of him and Montresor simply just says “True, true”. Right at that moment, you start to wonder. Your mind races with thrill, and excitement as you start to near the end to see how it all plays out.
I feel that the purpose of the story was for Montresor to get his point across; No one can attack me without being punished. With that sense, you are able to put yourself into the view of Montresor. It’s hard to not feel pitty for him since he was wrongfully done, but you also see how much he premeditated the murder of Fortunato. Unfortunately for Fortunato, it is the taste of wine he enjoys so much that ends up being the murder weapon in Montresor’s revenge.
In conclusion, Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘The Cask of Amontillado’ is one of Poe’s best. This was Poe’s last short story before he passed away. This story is often related to ‘A Tall Tell Heart’, which is also written by Poe. There is much comparison between the two short stories, including murder, thrill, and vengeance. Poe has made it a point to draw his audience in with his stories, and attention to detail with only a few minor words. ‘The Cask of Amontillado’ is one of the worlds best short stories and remains a thrilling mystery to all that read it.