TheCask of Amontillado
Authorsare always obliged to ensuring their story follows a tree of deliverywhere we have a healthy state which exposits over the problem andthen the solution for the problem is sought. Every story has to takea good background set up which will always stand in to deliver themoral lessons that the authors focusses on. A real setting, cast, andtiming for the current issues would always play a significant role indisseminating the purposeful information to the society. Severalwriting skills such as humor, conflict, and persona characteristicsare critical when it comes to the success of the story and taking thepoint home. Good writers plan how to deliver their informationthrough publication or filming which positively contributes to thesuccess of any literature material. In the play, "The Casque ofAmontillado" the scenes take place in the Italian state during acarnival celebration during which a man turns to slaying his friendas a punishment for vengeance for an early insult. The details arediscussed below.
Fromthe play, the setting Italy, is the home of the Catholic fraternityand this time, we have a period of religious freedom just before theLent period comes in. During Lent, Catholics are always expected tokeep off from the ordinary lives of drinking and sexual desires butrather fast. They are required to pray during this period, theauthor`s scene is set just before the period, and thus this wouldalways lure any individual with alcohol palate into the last round ofparticipating in the so-called "obscene" behaviors beforethe holy time sets in. The persona was, therefore, quickly draggedinto the drinking activities and this has majorly contributed toproviding that mood of partying for the characters.
Theauthors also take the carnival time so that Fortunato does not havean excuse over the testing of the wine since that is what the eventis all about. Montresor ensures that he creates a serene environmentso that his target does not become suspicious and also the target hasalways been drinking maniac. This creates a friendship serene whichMontresor can easily use to bring down his enemy. The author ensuredthe atmosphere was a friendly one since Montresor even went ahead andtold his target that he had invited his other friends like Luchesifor the wine event. This is total blackmail since he wanted hisfellow guy to trust him.
Thecharacter of Montresor as seen is very egocentric, unforgiving and atraitor. Similarly, the society and friend also betray Fortunato, andeven his wife is not reported to have efforts for finding his husbandfollowing his immediate disappearance. Also, the character of peoplein this surrounding is very questionable since despite the fact thatthe holy period is setting in it is very ironical that thewine-tasting event precedes the Lent period.
Theconflict between the two characters is covered by the setting used bythe author where he employed the use of carnival event, and Fortunatocould never have read the minds of his enemy. The rivalry was maskedin the context as the two antagonists wine together. This provides aproper stage for Montresor to launch his conflict open after ensuringhe has got hold of his enemy. The setting helped the battle to comeout well since if the target could have learned early then he mayhave escaped the trap.
Lastly,the theme of vengeance depicts itself in the context so openly, andthe author used the timing of events to culminate how payback wasdone. The targeted character may have thought of the lent periodwhere forgiveness was a moral societal requirement by the church inthe Catholic Church but, fell in the hands of hardened heart thatbore nor forgiveness. It was very ironical as not even couldFortunato think of the evil acts planned for him by his friend.
Itis very challenging to take away a life from a friend just because ofan insult. The pride of Montresor is too much that he feel no regretfor his friend. The writer was very particular, and the selection ofhis setting was very promising, and all the message was deliveredfrom the well-planned scenery. It also lays a challenge for manyother writers who are venturing into the literature.
Poe, E. A. (1846). The Cask of Amontillado. New York: Godey`s Lady`s Book.