The Cask of AmontilladoThink about Poe’s decision to set his story during carnival. What is ironic about the setting? In what ways does the setting suit the plot of the story? 

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

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By setting the story during carnival he gets the reader to let his guard down as well as Fortunado.  The setting is also expedient, because everyone is distracted and Fortunado's guard is down and he goes into the crypt without a second thought.

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He did this to juxtapose these two situations with the manic nature of the character of Montressor. He describes the scene as the "supreme madness of the carnival season." Montressor vascillated between being very manic and extemely dark. There was humor thrown in with the darkness. Light and dark-black humor no doubt.

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Also ironic is that the cellar is where wines age in order to improve and refine their taste, but it was used to brick up Fortunato in order for him to die.  A place normally reserved for a good purpose, to make wine wonderfully drinkable and pricey, was used for a murder.  On the other hand, the setting is appropriate for the story because it was a perfect cover for the murder because of the noise and chaos that was occurring around the participants.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The irony lies in the fact that Montesor has chosen a time of celebration and fun to hide the torture and murder of his supposed friend by chaining him to a wall and then bricking him up in it for eternity.  No one can hear Fortunato's (not so fortunate, is he?  More irony for you) screams since he is so far down below all the laughter, music, and sounds of a carnival. 

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ib310flaca | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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it took place in a carnival and a catacomb which is a underground passag. And  the setting is at a catacomb or  a carnival. Montesor put Fortunato in a 4ft deep, 3ft wide, 6ft high.

 

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it took place in a carnival and a catacomb which is a underground passag. And  the setting is at a catacomb or  a carnival. Montesor put Fortunato in a 4ft deep, 3ft wide, 6ft high.

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