The Cask of Amontillado – Edgar Allan Poe, analysis.Why this story’The Cask of Amontillado’ has Montresor as protagonist, which makes the story very interesting, because Montresor is not a good man. He was insulted by Fortunato and seeks revenge. He uses Fortunato’s love for wine against him, aiding Montresor in killing Fortunato. He believes in his own deeds, but as reader you are aware that murder is a horrible thing to do. Static and dynamic charactersFortunato is a static character. He stays the same throughout the entire story. His behaviour is predictable at best, and Montresor knows this. “He had a weak point – this Fortunato. (…) He prided himself on his connoisseurship in wine.” (Poe, 1846)This is stated at the very beginning of the story, when Montresor speaks of his revenge. At the end of the story, even when face to face with death, wine is most present on Fortunato’s mind. “We will have many a rich laugh about it at the palazzo – He! He! He! – Over our wine!” (Poe, 1846)On contrary to Fortunato, Montresor seems to be slightly less of a static character. He doesn’t go through a big change, but he doesn’t stay the complete same throughout the story either. At the beginning of the story, Montresor knows exactly what he wants and knows that he will do anything to be sure of it. He despises Fortunato with a passion, even though he does not let it show to anyone. He doesn’t care if something bad were to happen to Fortunato, in fact Montresor himself is planning a scheme to murder Fortunato himself. “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.” (Poe, 1846)Despite this, he seems to hesitate at the very end of the story and even regret his actions, even though he planned this very moment for a great deal of time, showing the reader a possible change of heart.”For a brief moment I hesitated – I trembled.” (Poe, 1846)Flat and round charactersThere’s three characters mentioned in the Cask of Amontillado. You know and learn the most about Montresor, making him a definite round character. You know what drives him as a character, namely his revenge on Fortunato, and you know he’s sly, because he is smart enough to trick Fortunato in trusting his intentions are pure. Fortunato is a flat character, because you know next to nothing about him. The only thing you know about him is that he somehow wronged Montresor, and he has an interest in wines. His wife, Lady Fortunato is also a flat character because she only gets mentioned once. “Will they not be awaiting us at the palazzo, the Lady Fortunato and the rest?” (Poe, 1846)Direct and indirect characterizationIn The Cask of Amontillado, there’s a lot of indirect characterization going on, yet no direct characterization. Not once in the text does it say things such as ‘Montresor was a bad man.’ or ‘Fortunato was very naive.’There is however plenty of indirect characterization, all throughout the story. Montresor is patient and he’s very sly, which is a very dangerous combination in his case. This can be interpreted from the fact that he desperately wants his revenge, but does everything in measured steps, not once risking himself or his plans getting exposed. Montresor takes Fortunato down to his vaults, leading an unsuspecting Fortunato to his death. Montresor weakens Fortunato by constantly feeding him alcohol, making Fortunato very drunk, even though they’re completely alone. This could mean that Montresor has to weaken Fortunato in order to be able to overpower him. This could be because Montresor is a frail man. Either that or he doesn’t want his hand dirty or take his chances with a fight he could lose and needs to be certain of his own victory. At the end of the story Montresor claims that the dampness of the catacombs is making his heart sick, although as reader you have every reason to believe it may actually be his conscious acting up.