The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

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Please provide a thorough analysis of "The Cask of Amontillado."

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An analysis of a short story should contain descriptions of the story's plot, theme, setting, characterization, and style. Here are summaries of these various elements that you can expand upon.

In the short story "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allen Poe, the narrator, a man named Montresor, meets another man named Fortunato at a carnival. Fortunato is dressed in a jester's costume and is already quite drunk. Montresor informs Fortunato that he has obtained a quantity of Amontillado, a type of sherry, and subtly persuades him to accompany him to his wine vaults to sample it. Once they are deep within the catacombs, Montresor locks Fortunato in chains and constructs a wall to bury him there alive.

The theme of the story is obviously revenge. Poe alludes to this in the first sentence: "The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne...

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