What is a brief summary of "The Cask of Amontillado"?

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lauradrum eNotes educator| Certified Educator

' The narrator, Montresor, opens the story by stating that he has been irreparably insulted by his acquaintance, Fortunato, and that he seeks revenge. He tells Fortunato that he has acquired something that could pass for Amontillado, a light Spanish sherry. Fortunato is anxious to taste the wine and to determine for Montresor whether or not it is truly Amontillado. Fortunato insists that they go to Montresor's vaults.  On the exposed wall is a small recess, where Montresor tells Fortunato that the Amontillado is being stored. Fortunato, now heavily intoxicated, goes to the back of the recess. Montresor then suddenly chains the slow-footed Fortunato to a stone. Taunting Fortunato with an offer to leave, Montresor begins to wall up the entrance to this small crypt, thereby trapping Fortunato inside. Fortunato screams confusedly as Montresor builds the first layer of the wall. The alcohol soon wears off and Fortunato moans, terrified and helpless. As the layers continue to rise, though, Fortunato falls silent. He fits the last stone into place and plasters the wall closed, his actions accompanied only by the jingling of Fortunato's bells. He finally repositions the bones on the fourth wall. For fifty years, he writes, no one has disturbed them.

Susan Woodward eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Montressor believes that he was insulted by Fortunato, yet he never tells what the "insult" was.  Since the Montressor family motto is "no one insults me with impunity (freedom from punishment)", Montressor feels justified in taking revenge on Fortunato.  The Montressor family crest even alludes to revenge because it is a heel stepping on a snake that is in turn biting the heel stepping on it.  Montressor lures a drunk and unwitting Fortunato down to the catacombs with the promise of some really fine Amontillado (a type of wine).  When they get down there, Montressor chains Fortunato within a niche in the wall and proceeds to seal the niche with bricks, leaving him to die behind a wall in the catacombs.

lorraine-luna | Student

Ever since, Montressor had this belief that the clan of Fortunato is trying to insult him and his relatives.  Montressor found his chance to take revenge against Fortunato when a feast was held in their place.  Montressor knew that fortunato loves wine and other liquor.  Montressor made Fortunato believe that they were just going to see an Amontillado but in fact, he is going to lead Fortunato to his death.  He led him to the tombs of the Montressors ang there, he burried Fortunato alive with "in pace requiescat" as his last words.  

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