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The Cask of Amontillado

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Rafelle Allego

on 13 December 2012

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Transcript of The Cask of Amontillado

The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe Literary Devices Setting 1. Time
Story takes place around dusk
Carnival season ( fall)
Somewhere in Italy during the 17th or 18th century (Renaissance). Themes, Motifs 2. Place
Montresor and Fortunato meet at the Carnival
Montressor's basement/cellar 3. Atmosphere
Carnival- "supreme madness", fall, sun setting
Basement- dirty, cold,
( wine cellar, dead bodies, red bricks) Irony "Let us go, nevertheless. The cold is merely nothing. Amontillado!" Fortunato was convinced that he was going to taste Amontillado but is trapped in the cellar and dies. Foreshadowing Character Analysis "The vaults are insufferably damp. They are encrusted with nitre." Montresor warns Fortunato about the vault being damp and encrusted with nitre which ends up causing his death in the end '"It is this," I answered, producing a trowel from beneath the folds of my roquelaire.' Montresor makes a joke of the masons by waving a trowel around, he later uses this trowel to make a wall to trap Fortunato Hyperbole At the beginning of the story Montresor talks about "THE thousand injuries of Fortunato." Montresor Cruel
-Vengeful.
-He enjoys listening to Fortunato fight for his life, and becomes upset when he stops yelling.
-"But to these words I hearkened in vain for a reply. I grew impatient."
-He feels pride in succeeding in killing Fortunato.
-" I placed my hand upon the solid fabric of the catacombs , and felt satisfied."
Sharp
- Crafty and deceitful
- Montresor used Fortunato's weakness
-"He had a weak point -- this Fortunato -- although in other regards he was a man to be respected and even feared. He prided himself on his connoisseurship in wine." Fortunato Wine connoisseur/drunkard
- Loses faculties due to drink.
- Once Amontillado was mentioned, he can only focus on it.
- Constantly drinks throughout. Appearances vs Reality Montresor/Fortunato at the carnival.
Montresors intents. Montresor Crest Montresor represents a serpent “A huge human foot d’or, in a field azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel.” And Fortunato is the foot that gets bitten. Fortunato's name is Italian and it translates to fortunate in English. Summary: The catacombs remains intact for 50 years. Fortunato is allergic to nitre, so Montresor tries to dissuade him from going into the crypt but he really wants to taste some Amontillado. Fortunato goes into the catacombs and Montresor captures him with a chain. Montresor torments Fortunato. Fortunato thinks that it is a joke. Montresor leaves the catacombs The End Gothic Masquerade Montresor feels that he needs to avenge himself from a past wrong that Fortunato did unto him Montresor meets up with a costumed Fortunato at the carnival, who's wearing a jester outfit. Manipulates Fortunato to come taste Amontillado, differentiating it from cherry. Both go to the catacombs, where Montresor promises to let Fortunato taste the Amontillado. Taken advantage of by Montresor Gothic element Symbolizes his succesful revenge Fortunate is the opposite of what happened to him. he is BURIED ALIVE! Author's Background Affected writing Express depression Activity:
Pick a character to draw and find quotes in the story that describe the character physically or mentally. Label the quotes on the character.
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