Montresor's Mistakes

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In stories, there are many times when the villain takes control over something or someone with nothing but brute strength. However, in Edgar Allen Poe’s story, The Cask of Amontillado, that is not quite the case. Montresor, who becomes the villain in the story, devises a master plan to kill his insulting enemy, Fortunato. Throughout the story, he uses many different techniques to outsmart Fortunato until he finally buries him alive in the catacombs. Because of his great planning and sly execution, he finally gets his revenge. Because Fortunato was proud, drunk, and trusting, he was an easy target for Montresor to kill in the first place. Because Fortunato is so proud of his ability to distinguish wine, he is blind to Montresor’s plot to kill him. Montresor first wants to get Fortunato into his vault as part of his plan, but Fortunato does not think that there is anything wrong with it based on this quote: ‘I have received a pipe of what passes for Amontillado and I have my doubts… As you [Fortunato] are engaged, I am on my way to Luchresi. If anyone has a critical turn, it is he. He will tell me-’ ‘Luchresi cannot tell Amontillado from sherry… Come, let us go.’ ‘Whither?’ ‘To your vaults’... ‘My friend, no. It is not the…show more content…
Montresor narrates at the beginning, “It must be understood that neither by word nor deed had I given Fortunato cause to doubt my good will,” (Poe 1) as you can see in the next quote. “ ‘I drink,’ he said, ‘to the buried that repose around us.’ ‘And I to your long life.’ He again took my arm and we proceeded.” (Poe 4). This quote indicates that Montresor was completely right that Fortunato trusts him deeply. It is obvious to readers that Montresor was being quite sarcastic, but Fortunato trusts him so much that he never knew that. Now, it is evident that Fortunato’s trust of his “friend” made him easily fooled and Montresor could execute even easier his deathly
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