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What are some characteristics of "The Cask of Amontillado?"

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ecgreene1965 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 29, 2011 at 6:41 AM via web

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What are some characteristics of "The Cask of Amontillado?"

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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 29, 2012 at 8:02 PM (Answer #1)

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"The Cask of Amontillado" shows many themes characteristic of Edgar Allan Poe's writing. For example, Poe's dark sense of humor is shown by Montresor's response to Fortunato's question about the Masons; instead of showing a secret sign proving his membership in the fraternity, Montresor shows a trowel, playing on the meaning of "mason" as "bricklayer."

The story also shows Poe's longstanding fear of premature burial, which appears in some of his other works. Montresor claims justification in his actions, but the sheer horror of walling Fortunato up alive in a wine-cellar shows through, even though he delights in the action. In this manner, Poe demonizes Montresor as someone who would commit this ultimate atrocity even while showing the story from Montresor's own point of view.

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rwizzle | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 5, 2011 at 7:03 AM (Answer #2)

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They are Montresor and Fortunato

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justaquestion | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted November 3, 2011 at 5:42 PM (Answer #3)

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1) Montresor (the one who wants revenge)

2) Fortunato (the clown who dies at the end.)

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