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by Edgar Allan Poe

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Foreshadowing In The Cask Of Amontillado

In "The Cask of Amontillado" what are 5 ways Poe uses foreshadowing to give you clues about the story's outcome?

I've come up with 3:

1. The trowel that he kept in his coat.

2. The family motto.

3. Leading Fortunato down into the catacombs.


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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, Fortunato begins coughing violently & Montresor feigns concern, telling him they will turn back for his health.

“Come,” I said, with decision, “we will go back; your health is precious. You are rich, respected, admired, beloved; you are happy, as once I was. You are a man to be missed. For me it is no matter. We will go back; you will be ill, and I cannot be responsible. Besides, there is Luchesi—”

“Enough,” he said; “the cough's a mere nothing; it will not kill me. I shall not die of a cough.”

“True—true,” I replied; “and, indeed, I had no intention of alarming you unnecessarily—but you should use all proper caution. A draught of this Medoc will defend us from the damps.

Fortunato claims he will not die of a cough, & Montresor replies "True-true." He is telling the reader and his victim that he is well aware of how Fortunato will die, for Montresor himself will cause his death. This is just one moment where Poe combines verbal irony and foreshadowing to build the suspense in the story.

One other example of foreshadowing is Fortunato's costume. He is wearing the traditional garb of the fool for the Venetian carnival. Poe describes it thus:

The man wore motley. He had on a tight-fitting parti-striped dress, and his head was surmounted by the conical cap and bells.

Thus, Fortunato is dressed as a jester, a clown. This foreshadows the role he will play in the story-Montresor's fool. As he becomes progressively more drunk, he becomes sillier and more pathetic, fulfilling the clown role.

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zowaina | Student
  1. "i continued to smile  in his face."(p.61)

"i place my hand upon the solid  fabric of the catacombs, and felt satisfied."(p.67)

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