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The Cask of Amontillado

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Rick James

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Transcript of The Cask of Amontillado

Edgar Allen Poe The Cask of Amontillado Edgar Allen Poe Edgar Allen Poe was born on January 19th, 1809.
Poe lost both his parents by the age of three.
When Poe was away at university, he came back to his fiancee to find that she became engaged to another man. (University of Virginia)
Poe spent most of his life on the move. Places include Richmond, Virginia, West Point, Baltimore, New York and Philidalphia
Poe died at the age of forty, October 7, 1849. Narration First-person participant
A man by the name of Montresor is the protagonist and the narrarator.
Montresor is unreliable because he may be mentally unstable, therefore his narration may not be trustworthy. He killed Fortunato based on an insult that could have been insignificant; the reader does not know.
Montresor felt strongly about his acts, stating that "Neither by word nor deed had I given Fortunato cause to doubt my good will." In pace requiescat! Theme Foolishness: Extreme foolishness can cost you your life.
Freedom and confinement: In order for one person to be free another must be confined.
Revenge: When Fortunato "ventured upon insult, I [Montesor] vowed revenge."
Montresor gets his revenge by chaining Fortunado to the wall.
Appearance vs. Reality: Montresor asks Fortunato for help, but in reality, it is his way of luring him into his death. Characterization Characterization Montresor: "My treasure"
Proud, vengeful, sly
Vowed for revenge based off an insult
May be mentally unstable
Wears a mask and cloak, which conceals his identity. This symbolizes what he is concealing from Fortunato.
Static throughout the story
Montresor admits that he was "sick at the heart" after the deed. This indicates possible guilt. Mood/Atmosphere &Tone Mood is very eerie, dark, scary, and creepy
From the beginning, we have knowledge of Montresor’s desire to kill Fortunato. This adds tension to the seemingly normal dialogue, it also creates suspense as he leads Fortunato into the catacombs
The actions done to Fortunato are very frightening and sick
Montresor’s tone is frightening due to the fact that he gives us every last horrific detail of what is happening Plot Introduction: Montresor states that he must take revenge on Fortunato.
Trigger Incident: Montresor informs Fortunato that he bought Amontillado wine and that he would like Fortunato to check and see if it is indeed Amontillado. Fortunato accepts.
Rising Action: Montresor lures Fortunato into his home and down into the dungeons.
Climax: Montresor chains Fortuanto to the walls of his dungeon.
Conclusion: Montresor seals Fortunato inside the dungeon. In pace requiescat! Writing style Irony: Situational irony
"Come we will go back ere it is to late."
Verbal irony
'"You? Impossible? A mason?" "A mason"
Dramatic irony: Montresor vowed to exact revenge on Fortunato. Fortunato is unknowing of this
Foreshadowing: Montresor play on words, "A mason"
Figurative language: "A huge human foot d'or, in a feild azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel"
Dialogue: Dialogue is used within moderate parameters. Dialogue is represented as normal conversations. Setting The setting in which Montresor addresses the reader is not specified.
There is a carnival taking place right before Lent Represents Fortunato's festive mood.
There is an interesting juxtaposition between Montresor’s murderous motives and the festive, innocent nature of the carnival
Catacombs are dark and damp; Montresor blames this for his sick heart on the dampness
The stairway descent of the two characters can represent their descent into hell Discussion 1.What did Fortunato say/do to insult Montresor?

2. Is Montresor mentally unstable? Is he a reliable narrator?

3. In what tone did Montresor say "Yes, for the love of God!" Works Cited Summary & Analysis Fortunato: "Fortune"
Drunk, oblivious fool
Expert in fine wines
Montresor states that he is "A man to be respected and feared"
Possibly insensitive and vile. "The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed upon revenge."
Wears a motley, which may represent his foolish nature
Static, up until his last line: "FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, MONTRESOR!"
This reveals how frightened he is.
Poe, Edgar Allan. Edgar Allan Poe, complete tales and poems. Edison, NJ.: Castle Books, 2001. Print.

"The Cask of Amontillado Theme of Foolishness and Folly." Shmoop: Homework Help, Teacher Resources, Test Prep. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Dec. 2012.

SparkNotes Editors. “SparkNote on Poe’s Short Stories.” SparkNotes.com. SparkNotes LLC. 2002. Web. 13 Dec. 2012.
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