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What is the climax of "The Cask of Amontillado"?

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karinmarie | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 4, 2008 at 10:55 PM via web

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What is the climax of "The Cask of Amontillado"?

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amethystrose | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted May 4, 2008 at 11:56 PM (Answer #1)

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The climax of "The Cask of Amontillado" comes when Montressor walls Fortunato up in a niche in the wall of the catacombs.  Fortunato's drunkeness is beginning to wear off, and he realizes Montressor's intent.  When he moans, he is no longer in a drunken stupor, but acknowledging his fate.  As Montressor places the last brick in the wall, he thrusts a torch behind the wall and the only response was the jingling of bells from Fortunato's costume.  At this point, Fortunato is dead (possibly from a heart attack from the shock), and there is no going back for Montressor. 

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