The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

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What pattern of influence and manipulation does Montresor employ to lure fortunato to his death? use of Gothic death symbols ironic in their brief relationship

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The means of influence and manipulation used by Montresor to lure Fortunato to his death included his basic planning of the time to carry out his scheme--the time of Mardi Gras--a time of revelry in which many people would be about, costumed, and drink would be flowing freely.  He planned for his servants to be away so that he could lure Fortunato back without fear of interruption, and Fortunato, due to the celebration, was nicely inebriated and easy to coerce, due to his pride in his connoisseurship of wine, with the promise of a cask of Amontillado into Montresor's catacombs.  All of these plans and manipulations...

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