Best Scene in Cask of AmontilladoWhat is the Best Scene in Cask of Amontillado? and why?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I lik the scene where they discuss the Masons.  Montresor does not recognize the secret gesture, whatever it is, and makes a gesture with a trowel.  I find the whole scene morbidly hilarious, especially since Montresor is going to use the trowel to brick up Fortunado and he thinks it is all a joke.

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My favorite scene in "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allen Poe is the one where Montressor is mimicing the behaviors of Fortunato. Montressor has begun to seal Fortunato in the wall, and Fortunato begins to scream and moan. With manic delight, Montressor takes a break, and copies Fortunato scream for scream and moan for moan.

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I like the bit at the end when Montresor shivers, and then quickly adds that this was "because of the cold" rather than because of what he had just done. This to me is another proof of how unreliable he is as a narrator - he is unable to identify the natural reactions of his body to the horrific crime that he has just committed.

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clane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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I love the scene where Fortunato is doing his masonic handshake and Montresor does not recognize it. Fortunato says, "You are not of the Masons"and Montresor says that he is a mason. Fortunato asks for a sign and Monetresor produces a trowel from beneath the folds of his cloak. Montresor knows exactly the kind of mason that Fortunato was talking about- the secret society, but he is playing with him. I like this scene because it's a great example of Montresor's insanity and foreshadowing of the events that are to come.

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I recommend the moment when Fortunato realizes he's doomed--when Montresor has chained him in the catacombs and Fortunato cannot escape. Fortunato says, "For the love of God, Montresor!" We feel sorry for poor Fortunato, who has been duped into believing he will have the chance to taste a rare wine. The reader knows from the beginning of the story that Montresor has committed a terrible crime and gotten away with it for 50 years. Finally we discover that Fortunato's bones will never be found so we wonder how Montresor's crime was revealed.