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Verbal Irony In The Cask Of Amontillado

Verbal irony can be defined as the expression of the opposite of what one actually means. Sarcasm is a particularly good example of this. In "The Cask of Amontillado," the wicked Montresor uses...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2019 11:51 am UTC

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What is an example of situational irony in "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe?

Situational irony is when what happens is the opposite of what is expected. Situational irony runs throughout the entire story because Fortunato is completely unaware of the danger he is in....

Latest answer posted November 8, 2017 11:00 pm UTC

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Foreshadowing In The Cask Of Amontillado

There are several specific moments of foreshadowing in the text. Montresor gives both his audience and Fortunato hints as to his real motives throughout. As they are moving through the catacombs,...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2009 2:03 pm UTC

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What are three examples of dramatic irony in "The Cask of Amontillado"?

In some ways, almost the entire story can be seen as an example of dramatic irony. This kind of irony is created when the reader or audience knows something that one or more characters do not....

Latest answer posted November 15, 2020 3:54 pm UTC

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In "The Cask of Amontillado" how does Montresor get Fortunato to come with him to his vault?

Poe wanted to write a story in which one man lures another into the underground catacombs and leaves him to die in chains. The only thing that could lure such a man deep underground would be wine....

Latest answer posted December 9, 2013 12:18 am UTC

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What is the setting of "The Cask of Amontillado"? What details of the setting contribute to the horror of this story?

The setting of Poe's classic short story "The Cask of Amontillado" takes place at an Italian carnival and later in the depths of Montresor's extensive catacombs. The initial carnival setting...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2020 2:09 pm UTC

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What are some examples of mood and tone in "The Cask of Amontillado"?

Montresor's rather diabolical nature is conveyed as early as the first paragraph of the text when he explains his philosophy regarding revenge. He says that he must not only punish, but punish...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2020 11:20 am UTC

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The Cask Of Amontillado Conflict

"The Cask of Amontillado" is a tale of extreme revenge in which a man dies in one of the most frightening ways that can be imagined. Given this premise, the story is surprisingly lacking in overt...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2020 11:10 am UTC

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What is the significance of the Montresor family's coat of arms and what does it symbolize in "The Cask of Amontillado"?

In "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe, the narrator lies to Fortunato repeatedly from the time he encounters him on the street until the time he shackles him to the wall. There is no...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2013 8:37 pm UTC

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Figurative Language In The Cask Of Amontillado

Double Entendre: A double entendre is a literary device in which a word or phrase is used which can be interpreted two different ways. The first definition of the word or phrase is typically...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2017 11:38 pm UTC

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In "The Cask of Amontillado," is the narrator reliable or unreliable, and why?

There is enough evidence to suggest that Montresor is certainly an unreliable narrator in Poe's classic short story "The Cask of Amontillado." In the opening paragraph of the short story, Montresor...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2020 9:52 am UTC

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What is the overall mood , or atmosphere of this story? In your opinion , what contributes most to the mood- the...

The mood or atmosphere of this story is one of foreboding, fear, unease, and anxiety. This dark mood is conveyed through both the setting and the dramatic irony created by the words of the...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2017 11:38 am UTC

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What are three examples of dramatic irony in "The Cask of Amontillado"?

"The Cask of Amontillado" is shaped by the dramatic irony that is created out of its very first two paragraphs. Here we learn that Poe's narrator (Montresor) desires vengeance against Fortunato and...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2019 7:25 am UTC

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In "The Cask of Amontillado" does Montresor feel guilt when he kills Fortunado?  And where is the evidence in the story?

In Gothic narratives such as Poe's "A Cask of Amontillado," the narrator has the "privilege of irrationality and passion over rationality and reason" (enotes). That being stated, it is, indeed,...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2009 5:01 am UTC

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Dramatic Irony In The Cask Of Amontillado

The entirety of The Cask of Amontillado is told with dramatic irony. Dramatic irony is when the audience knows something that a character in a story doesn't, it typically creates a feeling of...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2014 7:17 pm UTC

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How does the description of the Montresor coat of arms and motto in paragraphs 46–49 contribute to the reader's...

Montresor describes his family's coat of arms as follows: "A huge human foot d'or, in a field azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heal." There is a dramatic...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2019 7:43 am UTC

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The Cask Of Amontillado Setting

The Cask of Amontillado takes place in Italy during Carnevale: a festive time in the country similar to Mardi Gras in the United States. We start there, at night, in the madness, but are then taken...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2015 6:53 pm UTC

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Name three clever things Montresor does to lure Fortunato into his trap in "The Cask of Amontillado."

1). Montresor carries out his wicked revenge on Fortunato during a carnival. This means that everyone will be out and about enjoying themselves, and so there won't be anyone around to notice...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2020 8:29 am UTC

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What is the internal and external conflict in "The Cask of Amontillado"?

The internal conflict in "The Cask of Amontillado" besets Montresor and may be described as the conflict of character against self, while the external conflict is a subtle one between Montresor and...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2015 7:38 pm UTC

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How does the setting of "The Cask of Amontillado" affect the story?  

The setting of the story is absolutely crucial to establishing the overall mood. The story takes place against the backdrop of a carnival when everyone's out and about enjoying themselves, getting...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2019 8:36 am UTC

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How does Montresor set his plans of revenge?

Montresor carefully plans his revenge by behaving amiably towards Fortunato and treating him kindly in order to avoid suspicion and earn his trust. Montresor also chooses an advantageous time...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2018 9:52 pm UTC

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How did Fortunato insult Montresor in "The Cask of Amontillado"?

As this story opens, Montresor indicates that Fortunato has inflicted a "thousand injuries" upon him and that Fortunato's injuries eventually "ventured upon insult." Interestingly, Montresor never...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2020 2:36 pm UTC

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In "The Cask of Amontillado," what is the meaning of the phrase "A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes...

In Poe's classic short story "The Cask of Amontillado,” Montresor is the unreliable narrator and protagonist who is obsessed with seeking revenge on his enemy, Fortunato. Before Montresor...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2019 3:39 pm UTC

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Describe Fortunato's Character

Fortunato appears to be an extreme extrovert. He likes to get drunk. He has a lot of money and evidently enjoys spending it on his own enjoyment. He is wearing a jester's costume when Montresor...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2013 12:25 am UTC

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What is the symbolism in "The Cask of Amontillado"?

There are several uses of symbolism in this story. The carnival: Montresor refers to 'the supreme madness of the carnival season' during which the story takes place, and which may represent his own...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2013 7:31 pm UTC

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In "The Cask of Amontillado," explain the double meaning of the trowel and its significance in the story.

A trowel is a tool used to spread the cement or mortar that holds bricks or stones together. For that reason, it has become a sign of the Freemasons (or Masons), a secret fraternal organization....

Latest answer posted February 25, 2017 9:58 am UTC

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Poe is a master at creating an eerie, suspenseful mood in his stories. What some examples in the text that illustrate...

One of the ways Poe builds this eerie mood is through crafting an unreliable narrator. We are told in the opening sentence that our narrator has withstood a "thousand injuries of Fortunato," yet we...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2020 3:10 am UTC

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Verbal Irony In The Cask Of Amontillado

In "The Cask of Amontillado," part of Montresor's delight in committing what he regards as the perfect crime lies in giving the drunken Fortunato various clues to his fate, which he knows his enemy...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2020 11:31 am UTC

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What is the mood of the carnival in the story "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe?

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...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2016 3:14 pm UTC

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In "The Cask of Amontillado", what is the significance of Montressor's family coat of arms and motto?

Montresor has not been telling Fortunato the truth since he encountered him on the streets and told him he had just bought a cask of Amontillado at a bargain price. Why should the reader believe...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2012 12:05 am UTC

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How would one describe Montresor's character in "The Cask of Amontillado"?

The easiest way to describe Montresor would be as vengeful, single-minded, and unforgiving. We know from the very beginning of the story that he is intent on exacting revenge for the “injuries” and...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2016 12:21 am UTC

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After intoxicating Fortunato, how did Montresor actually kill him? I took a pop quiz on the story, in my honors...

In Poe's classic short story "The Cask of Amontillado," Montresor explains how he executed his careful plans and murdered his enemy named Fortunato. Montresor begins the story by defining the...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2018 8:38 pm UTC

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What Did Fortunato Do To Montresor

The insult is never named, or rather the "thousand injuries" were never named by Fortunato. We know that Montresor is an unreliable narrator because he never names the insults and his...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2008 4:24 am UTC

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Provide at least two examples of foreshadowing from the story and indicate what each example foreshadows.

When Montresor encounters Fortunato on the street he twice pretends to believe that Fortunato has an "engagement," that is, that Fortunato is expected somewhere. Montresor would not like to lure...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2016 1:20 pm UTC

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Why does Montresor say that he is a Mason? Thanks to anyone who helps! :)

As Poe put nothing unintentional into his work, famously stating that every word had its purpose, we should assume that Montresor's statement that he belongs to the society of Freemasons has a...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2012 11:06 pm UTC

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How is the nitre symbolic in The Cask of Amontillado?

Nitre is the British spelling of the word niter, which is the mineral form of potassium nitrate. It's common to find it in the crystallized form in caves. It is an irritant, and breathing it can...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2017 8:37 pm UTC

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What does Fortuanto's costume symbolize?

A court jester may have been considered a fool, a man with an abnormally low IQ, but Fortunato would not have chosen to wear a jester's costume if he wanted people to take him for a moron. A court...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2012 8:36 pm UTC

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To whom do you think Montresor is telling "The Cask of Amontillado"?

In the first paragraph of the short story, Montresor provides insight into who he is speaking to by saying, "You, who so well know the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that I gave...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2017 6:07 pm UTC

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In "The Cask of Amontillado," why does Montresor wait fifty years to confess? How would the timing be significant to...

The fact that it has been fifty years since Montresor has murdered Fortunato speaks to his pride in getting away with the crime. He isn't confessing in the traditional sense, as that implies some...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2020 7:29 pm UTC

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Poe uses several instances of foreshadowing in "The Cask of Amontillado." What are two lines that specifically...

In the first paragraph of "The Cask of Amontillado," Montresor explains his vow of revenge. The tone is foreboding already. He is vauge in how he will carry out his vengeance, but he is clear that...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2020 1:25 pm UTC

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Fortunato, who has been out drinking and enjoying Carnival, is wearing a clown's hat. Symbolically, why is this an...

The choice of the clown’s hat is appropriate because Montresor makes a fool of Fortunato. Montresor chose to kill Fortunato on the carnival holiday because it is a time when everyone is going to be...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2015 3:13 pm UTC

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How does the evidence prove Montresor is (in)sane in "The Cask of Amontillado"?

Measured against some of the killers in contemporary America, Montesor follows the pattern of those who have posted manifestos before they slaughter their victims. Here is his: I must not only...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2015 6:50 pm UTC

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What are five character traits of Montresor from Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado"?  

Montresor's vengeful personality is his most prominent character trait. Montresor's primary motivation for murdering Fortunato stems from his desire to avenge his enemy for causing him a "thousand...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2019 3:54 pm UTC

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Why Does Montresor Want Revenge

In Poe's celebrated short story "The Cask of Amontillado," Montresor does not specifically state his reason for seeking revenge on Fortunato. In the opening line of the story, Montresor comments...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2020 4:32 pm UTC

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What is an example of imagery "The Cask of Amontillado"?

Poe is concerned in this story, as in all his literary work, to convey a sense of mood. His desire is to build a mood of growing horror in the reader. He does that through abundant use of imagery,...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2020 2:36 am UTC

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What is the tone of "The Cask of Amontillado"? What words does the author use to create that tone? 

It is interesting to compare Montresor in "The Cask of Amontillado" with the unnamed narrator another well-known short story by Poe, "The Tell-Tale Heart." In the latter case, the speaker is...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2020 8:23 am UTC

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what does the first paragraph of the story say?  

The first paragraph of Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Cask of Amontillado" consists on Montresor's confession to the reader as to what he is planning on doing against his so-called friend,...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2011 5:59 am UTC

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What is the moral lesson of the story?  And can you please give me your reaction to the story?

Montresor is the narrator of the story and he is not a credible or reliable narrator. He is seeking the ultimate revenge against Fortunato who he believes has inflicted,"a thousand...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2007 10:23 pm UTC

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At the end of the story, what makes Montresor feel sick? 

Although Montresor states that it is the damp air of the catacombs that makes him feel sick at the end of the story, Poe hints that Montresor's sick feelings represent remorse for his actions....

Latest answer posted September 21, 2016 3:16 pm UTC

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What is the climax of "The Cask of Amontillado"?

The climax of "The Cask of Amontillado" comes when Montresor walls Fortunato up in a niche in the wall of the catacombs. Fortunato's drunkeness is beginning to wear off, and he realizes Montresor's...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2008 11:56 pm UTC

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