The Cask of Amontillado
by Edgar Allan Poe
The Cask of Amontillado Freedom and Confinement Quotes
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His eyes flashed with a fierce light. He laughed and threw the bottle upwards with a gesticulation I did not understand. (54)
Fortunato is both trapped and freed by the drink. It frees him from his inhibitions – but this blinds him to his vulnerability, letting him move deeper and deeper into Montresor’s trap.
A moment more and I had fettered him to the granite. (71)
Fortunato has completely lost his freedom at this point. But he’s still unaware of the fact. He can’t believe Montresor would do this to him. He’s still holding out hope for the Amontillado.
“For the love of God, Montresor!"
“Yes,” I said, “for the love of God!” (83-84)
This is probably when Fortunato finally understands that he is no longer a free man. Fortunato speaks no more when he finds out that Montresor isn’t afraid of God, or worse, that Montresor thinks he’s carrying out God’s will.