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  • The Cask of Amontillado
    The setting for the majority of the story is the Montresor family catacombs. Montresor himself describes them as "insufferably damp [and] encrusted with nitre": hardly pleasant. Furthermore, it...

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    In the last lines of his story, Montresor tells his audience that for "half of a century no mortal has disturbed" Fortunato's bones behind the brick wall at the back of the burial vaults belonging...

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    Fortunato follows Montresor down a long, winding staircase to the Montresor family catacombs. Fortunato then hesitates for a few minutes before entering into the vaults because the niter on the...

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    In a literary work, situational irony refers to a gap between what is expected to happen and what actually does happen. There are a number of examples of this literary device in "The Cask of...

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    Edgar Allen Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado" is all about who has power over who (at least in Montresor's mind, that is). At the beginning of the famous short story, we learn from Montresor, the...

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    There is a great deal of evidence to suggest that Fortunato's murder was premeditated. In the first line of the story, the narrator and murderer, Montresor, says that when Fortunato insulted him,...

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    Montresor says that he "fettered" Fortunato to the wall: In its surface were two iron staples, distant from each other about two feet, horizontally. From one of these depended a short chain, from...

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    Montresor is the unreliable narrator, meaning that we only experience the story through his subjective point of view. It can be said that everyone is the hero of his or her own story, and we...

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    Montresor is so proud of his plan because it was successful. He states in the last line of the story that for fifty years Fortunato has been walled up. Nobody has disturbed his final resting...

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    Montresor says he has suffered a "thousand" injuries from Fortunato but that, in the end, it is an insult that leads him to plot revenge. However, although he feels his pride has been damaged,...

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    Fortunato says that he does not want Montresor, the narrator, to go to the other wine expert in town, Luchesi, because "Luchesi cannot tell Amontillado from Sherry." In other words, then, Fortunato...

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    I think that is possible, yes. Ultimately, Montresor walls Fortunato into a hidden recess at the far back of his family's catacombs, and it seems, some fifty years later, that he has been unable to...

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    Revenge is an important theme in the story, and much of the plot hinges on Montresor's understanding of this concept. Montresor understands revenge, which he understands as striking back when you...

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    Dramatic irony occurs when characters in a story are unaware of things known by the reader, thereby creating suspense or humor. In the case of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado," we know...

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    The mood of this story is characterized by foreboding and danger. We know from the outset that Montresor is planning to do something terrible to Fortunato. He says, "I would be avenged" and that "I...

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    "The Cask of Amontillado" builds towards a suspenseful conclusion by presenting, in a chronological way, the method that the narrator uses to get revenge on Fortunato. At the beginning of the...

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    Fortunato offended Montresor numerous times in the past, and Montresor seeks revenge by burying him alive. After running into Fortunato, who had been drinking excessive amounts of wine throughout...

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    Montresor never mentions even one of the "thousand injuries" that Fortunato has supposedly inflicted upon him: The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured...

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    Montresor is likely telling this story to his confessor at the end of his life. While we don't know this for a fact, several context clues indicate this is an end-of-life confession. First, the...

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    Poe actually never has Montresor state the specific reasons behind his wanting revenge, though he hints at several possibilities. Although he does mention injuries and insults, he never reveals...

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    Foreshadowing is a warning or hint of an event that is going to occur later on in a story, movie, or novel. In "The Cask of Amontillado," Poe uses foreshadowing by suggesting something very bad is...

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    Montresor brings Fortunato into the catacombs beneath his home. Montresor knows all his servants will be away enjoying the Mardi Gras celebrations, so his home is empty. Montresor leads the drunken...

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    One of the biggest reason has to do with the fact that Fortunato is very, very drunk. The narrator makes sure to have him drink as much wine as possible as they progress along the passageways. Of...

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    Montresor describes Fortunato as someone who has injured and insulted him one too many times, and so now Montresor has sworn revenge. Montresor also says that Fortunato has only one flaw, and...

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    Early on in "The Cask of Amontillado," Montresor tells of his plans to get revenge against Fortunato for unspecified insults. Montresor knew Fortunato's biggest weaknesses, his love and knowledge...

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    The stones and mortar were outside the niche in which Fortunato was chained. They were both concealed under a pile of human bones, as Montresor states. I busied myself among the pile of bones of...

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    We do not actually know, with any certainty, what crimes Fortunato has committed against Montresor. In the first line of the story, Montresor claims that Fortunato has injured him a "thousand"...

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    In the first two paragraphs of "The Cask of Amontillado," readers learn that Montresor feels that he has been treated poorly by Fortunato a "thousand" times, but that something else has recently...

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    It is mostly Fortunato's pride and arrogance that renders him vulnerable to Montresor's plans. Montresor knows that Fortunato will not be able to resist the implication that Luchesi is as good a...

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    It is apparent that Montresor feels revenge is justifiable when insults and injuries go beyond the pale [outside the boundaries of normal behavior]. Poe's unreliable narrator explains to his...

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    Montresor re-echos and surpasses his victim's desperate cries for help in order to show Fortunato that his cries are useless. By doubling the volume of the noise being made, Montresor demonstrates...

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    Montresor is an especially effective enemy of Fortunato for a few reasons, not the least of which are his intense pride and ability to manipulate. As he says early on, "I must not only punish but...

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    No, Montresor does not make his plans for Fortunato totally explicit before they descend into his family's vaults. He plans, of course, to murder Fortunato by walling him up alive near the bodies...

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    When Fortunato exclaims, "'Amontillado? A pipe? Impossible!'" Montresor seems to admit to Fortunato that he also has some doubts about whether or not the pipe of Amontillado he claims to have...

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    Edgar Allan Poe's short story, "The Cast of Amontillado," is the story of Montresor's revenge against Fortunato. It is clear from the text that Fortunato and Montresor have a history together, and...

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    1) Write a few sentences from the point of view of Fortunato or of the listener. From the listener's perspective, Montresor's narrative is engaging and disturbing at once. Montresor begins by...

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    Our only clue to whom Montresor is speaking is found in the second line of the story, when Montresor says, "You, who so well know the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that gave...

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    Montresor's plan to enact his revenge against Fortunato makes use of his wine cellar as the scene of the murder. To lure Fortunato away from the crowds gathered for Carnival, Montresor claims to...

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    In the opening paragraph of Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Cask of Amontillado," the first-person narrator Montresor vows revenge against the perceived insults he has endured at the hands of...

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    Montresor does not experience satisfaction with the perfect crime he has committed. Instead he says: My heart grew sick; it was the dampness of the catacombs that made it so. He has called to...

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    An antagonist is a character (or group of characters) that opposes the protagonist either directly or indirectly. Edgar Allan Poe penned the story "The Cask of Amontillado" in 1846. The protagonist...

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    Edgar Allan Poe's short story, "The Cask of Amontillado," is the tale of Montresor describing his revenge upon Fortunato, who insulted him. His family motto is "Nemo me impune lacessit," which is...

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    Early in the story, Montresor describes Fortunato as someone "to be respected and even feared [...]." Fortunato takes a great deal of pride in the fact that he is a connoisseur of wine, and he...

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    Though his dark subject matter is not universally appealing, Edgar Allan Poe was a superb technician and his skill in crafting this revenge tale through the use of symbolism is undeniable. A single...

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    Montresor feels like a crime is not the perfect crime unless you get away with it. This story is about a man who meticulously plans and carries out another man’s murder. He gives no reason for...

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  • The Yellow Wallpaper
    In the short stories "The Yellow Wallpaper" and "The Cask of Amontillado," both authors, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Edgar Allan Poe, respectively, create narrators the reader can empathize with....

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    Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Cask of Amontillado” was published in 1846, less than three years before the author’s death. Set in Venice during the Carnival season -- traditionally a...

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    Montresor, the first-person narrator of Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado," describes the carnival as "supreme madness." By this, he is referring to the raucous drinking and celebration which occurs...

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    Edgar Allan Poe's chilling short story "The Cask of Amontillado" is a tale of retribution. In the outset, the first person narrator Montresor vows revenge against his supposed friend Fortunato over...

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    In the first paragraph of the story Montresor states: At length I would be avenged; this was a point definitely, settled—but the very definitiveness with which it was resolved precluded the idea...

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