Cask of Amontillado
What actions and characteristics of Montresor make him an effective villain one might ask? " I must not only punish but punish with impunity" (Poe, 1199). Montresor desires to punish Fortunato for an unknown crime against him. Montresor took his revenge on fellow nobleman Fortunato during a night of Carnival while he was drunk, dazed, and wearing a jester’s outfit. It would seem that it would be pretty hard to murder a man during a festive occasion. However with the proper approach any kind of covert murder can be committed.
The first factor that makes Montresor an effective villain is the setting upon which he approaches Fortunato in. The story states that Fortunato was in high spirits, and sporting a Jesters outfit during the Carnival festival. Generally anybody under the influence of alcohol and certain drugs will be easy to persuade in any type of party atmosphere. I believe that Montresor took all this into consideration when planning on how he would seek revenge on Fortunato. He probably felt that if he approached Fortuanto during the Carnival, and while drunk he would be able to persuade him into doing anything.
The second factor that makes Montresor an effective villan is what he uses to persuade Fortunato to go into the wine cellar. Montresor claims he has obtained an entire pipe of Amontillado sherry wine, and wants an expert opinion of the wines quality. Already being friends with a person, being drunk, and at a party would be enough for anyone in the same situation to feel it would be reasonable to go with Montresor. “Come let us go,” says Montresor to Fortunato after informing him of the Amontillado (Poe, 1200). Montresor played on the fact that he knew Fortunato would be tempted to taste the exquisite wine. After all what would be better than wine at a party but more wine?
The third factor that makes Montresor an effective villain is where he decides to actually commit the murder. Fortunato goes with...
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