Soon, the two are at a dead end; a wall with a hole. Just as his family coat ofarms says, no one will punish or insult him and get away with it. These orders were sufficient, I well knew, to insure their immediate disappearance, one and all, as soon as my back was turned. A cask is a small barrel in which wines are stored. Montresor can stand no more; he vows revenge upon Fortunato. The treasure the narrator possesses is the knowledge of the perfect revenge. Montresor has enacted his revenge.
Most of Edgar Allan Poe's short story 'The Cask of Amontillado' iswritten in the past tense , as is true of most stories. The rising action is the detail in the story that leads us further into the characters and lets us explore the conflict. We know he was successful. The final moments of conversation between Montresor and Fortunato heighten the horror and suggest that Fortunato ultimately—and ironically—achieves some type of upper hand over Montresor. As the layers continue to rise, though, Fortunato falls silent.
In your own words, describe the catacombs that Fortunato is led through. The catacombs were dangerous as is because of the nitre gas. Montresor kills Fortunato in a most diabolical manner. For the half of a century no mortal has disturbed them. He wants to get even with Fortunado and then some by killing him as revenge. It usually is found as massive encrustations and effervescent growths on cavern walls and ceilings where solutions containing alkali potassium and nitrate seep into the openings. Few Italians have the true spirit.
Remember that he anticipated letting the servants off at a time that would not arouse suspicion since it was carnival time; clearly, his entire plan of revenge was contrived with such perfection that Montresor had to be an exceptionally gifted person. Wine is an important symbol in this story. Montresor is truly evil, and we, as the reader, should be horrified by his deeds. He disappears with his torch into the recess and reaches the end, which is stopped with a rock. Fortunato is also very drunk, and he greets Montresor 'with great warmth. The remainder of the story deals with Montresor's methods of entrapping Fortunato and effecting his revenge upon the unfortunate Fortunato. I continued as was my wont, to smile in his face, and he did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his immolation.
The narrator points out the heavy layer of niter on the wall then pronounces that it's time for him to leave. This only further encouraged the attendants to leave after he left. For fifty years, he tells us, no one has disturbed the peace of this place. Fortunato drinks to the dead, and Montresor drinks to Fortunato's long life. Montresor, on the other hand, actually despises Fortunato and is only happy to see him because Montresor can now carry out his murderous plans. Poe tries to achieve that horror via the capabilities of the humans.
Knowing that Fortunato considered himself a great expert, or connoisseur, of fine wines, and especially a devotee of a sherry known as Amontillado, Montresor flattered him by obsequiously asking his opinion on a newly acquired cask of Amontillado. Throwing them aside, I soon uncovered a quantity of building stone and mortar. The foreshadowing is when Montresor and Fortunato discuss Montressor's famliy crest. I think that he wanted to make sure Fortunato was well enough to know what he would do to him. The is the introduction to the story. Fortunato screams confusedly as Montresor builds the first layer of the wall. We passed through a range of low arches, descended, passed on, and descending again, arrived at a deep crypt, in which the foulness of the air caused our rather to glow than flame.
The picture onthe coat of arms is one of a golden foot crushing a snake which hasits fangs imbedded in the heal of the foot. They could have talked it out, had an argument, Montresor could have ignored Fortunado, or even got into a physical altercation with him. In fact, at the end of the story, we, the readers, are certain that his atrocity will never be discovered. He thinks he may have been swindled, and he wants a wine expert to taste it to verify that it is indeed Amontillado. It is symbolic of what happens to Fortunato. This story by Edgar Allan Poe takes place in Italy. Not so coincidentally, Otranto has much to do with freedom and confinement.
He raised it to his lips with a leer. Never the less, Fortunato hardly acts like a person who has added insult to a thousand injuries against Montresor. As noted in this discussion, the story abounds in ironies. Fortunato has wounded Montresor's pride in some way. Given that Montresor is a French name, Fortunato would also likely believe Montresor to not need his help judging French wines. Usually, this is where we learn about characters and setting.