The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

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What historical references are found in "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe?

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The Cask of Amontillado” was Edgar Allan Poe’s last short story.  The setting of the story is Italy in the eighteenth Century.  The narrator is the pre-meditated, homicidal maniac Montresor.  His victim is the presumptuous connoisseur, Fortunato.

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Carnival of Venice

The story takes place during the carnival season.  This was an annual festival held in Venice, Italy. The Carnival ends with Lent, forty days before Easter on Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday. 

The primary setting for the story begins at the carnival scene. The carnival involves parades, entertainment, music, and parties.  Particularly important are the masquerade balls in which the participants must dress in costume to be able to be a part of the celebration.  Mischief and pranks were a part of the carnival; the primary rule was anything goes at the Carnival.

Montresor planned his murder for this specific time.  His reasoning was clever.  He knew his servants would slip away from his...

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