Finally, every line and comment contributes to the totality or unity of effect that Poe sought to achieve. The first-person narrator, whom we later discover to be named Montresor, announces immediately that someone named Fortunato has injured him repeatedly and has recently insulted him.Montresor can stand no more; he vows revenge upon Fortunato.The way he actually killed Fortunato was torturous and cruel.
Carnival has always represented a time of celebration; this could have been Montresor’s celebration of the revenge he extracts upon Fortunato.
It isn’t known what kind of unhappiness was caused to Montresor, but it seems relevant to the story that it might have been some sort of personal insult or public embarrassment to his family or to his pride.
Montresor wants Fortunato to die like the fool that he is.
The symbols in this story of Poe’s are somewhat humiliating.
The use of symbolism in “The Cask of Amontillado” Edgar Allen Poe has always been known for his dark, mysterious, and twisted stories.
Nearly all of his stories are praised, and they have some sort of unknown motive and background to them.He also put on “a mask of black silk” which represents he is a 2 face person.He is not just a “friend” but more importantly, he is actually an enemy of Fortunato.Although there is no motive, Poe uses symbolism to try to answer questions in the short story.The amontillado was a significant symbol because it is what is used to lure Fortunato and represents a rare attitude.Obviously, people dress up at carnivals and get out of the normal habits he usually done during the regular days.This was one Poe’s way of getting Montresor to get out of his “normal” ways and become devious.Summary "The Cask of Amontillado" has been almost universally referred to as Poe's most perfect short story; in fact, it has often been considered to be one of the world's most perfect short stories.Furthermore, it conforms to and illustrates perfectly many of Poe's literary theories about the nature of the short story: that is, it is short and can be read at one sitting, it is a mood piece with every sentence contributing to the total effect, it is a completely unified work and while it is seemingly simple, it abounds in ironies of many kinds.He was at Fortunato for the unknown humiliation that happened to Montresor.At the time when he sets up the “celebration”, he dress up in all black just like a executioner.