The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

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What are some key elements of the plot of Edgar Allan Poe's story "The Cask of the Amontillado"?

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The initial key plot point is the circumstance which establishes conflict: The narrator, Montresor, feels that he must seek revenge on Fortunato for a "thousand injuries" he has suffered due to Fortunato's influence. He never explains exactly what these thousand injuries entail, and that makes him suspect for being an unreliable narrator.

The next key plot point arises when Montresor lures Fortunato to the place of his death. He knows that Fortunato is a prideful man and pointedly mentions that he has purchased a cask of amontillado; however, he's unsure of it's authenticity. He assesses Fortunato's personality correctly, and the man pridefully agrees to accompany him and taste this amontillado himself.

Inside the catacombs belonging to Montresor where the amontillado is supposedly stored, Fortunato begins coughing, and Montresor offers to take him home, telling him that he will be missed. Fortunato declines, intent on completing this task.

As Fortunato steps inside a small recess,...

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