What are some characteristics of "The Cask of Amontillado?"

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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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"The Cask of Amontillado" shows many themes characteristic of Edgar Allan Poe's writing. For example, Poe's dark sense of humor is shown by Montresor's response to Fortunato's question about the Masons; instead of showing a secret sign proving his membership in the fraternity, Montresor shows a trowel, playing on the meaning of "mason" as "bricklayer."

The story also shows Poe's longstanding fear of premature burial, which appears in some of his other works. Montresor claims justification in his actions, but the sheer horror of walling Fortunato up alive in a wine-cellar shows through, even though he delights in the action. In this manner, Poe demonizes Montresor as someone who would commit this ultimate atrocity even while showing the story from Montresor's own point of view.

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justaquestion | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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1) Montresor (the one who wants revenge)

2) Fortunato (the clown who dies at the end.)

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rwizzle | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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They are Montresor and Fortunato

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