The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

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How does the setting of the carnival aid in establishing Fortunato’s fate?

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The setting significantly contributes to Montresor's success and allows him to manipulate the unsuspecting Fortunato, who is distracted by the "supreme madness of the carnival season." By choosing to approach his enemy during the carnival season, Montresor is able to conceal his identity by wearing a black mask and roquelaure while simultaneously meeting Fortunato when he is under the influence of alcohol. The setting of the carnival is depicted as a joyous, chaotic affair, where citizens indulge in alcohol and wear elaborate costumes. Revelers like Fortunato do not...

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