Edgar Allan Poe describes the perfect murder in “The Cask of Amontillado.” No one discovers the body of Fortunato during the lifetime of the murderer Montresor. The entire story is a flashback narrated by Montresor looking back on the crime fifty years later.
It was about dusk, one evening during the supreme madness of the carnival season, that I encountered my friend.
Poe was a master in the use of symbolism in his stories. One of the first symbols employed by Poe is the choice of (1) settings for the story. The "supreme madness of carnival season" represents a jovial time. The carnival provides Montresor the opportunity to entice Fortunato to go with him to look at the wine.
As the story progresses, the action moves to the catacombs under the city or underground graveyard. Dead bodies abound. As the characters journey through the catacomb, Fortunato moves from freedom to imprisonment.
Another symbol comes from the (2) title of the story . The cask of amontillado is the ruse that...
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