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The Cask of Amontillado
Transcript of The Cask of Amontillado
A man named, Montresor, seeks revenge on his "friend", Fortunato, whom he believes insulted him.
He tricks him into believing he has acquired a wine that could pass for Amontillado and needs his wine expertise to verify it's authenticity.
Instead, he leads him to his death and buries him alive.
Themes: Revenge and Pride Vengeful
Insensitive Carnival A time for parties, feasts, parades and costumes.
Perfect setting for Montresor and Fortunato to leave unnoticed because they are dressed up and everyone around is wasted.
The carnival represents a celebration of freedom (from lent). Catacombs Underground cemetery.
Perfect setting for Montresor to murder Fortunato because no one was home.
Represents the opposite of freedom and Fortunato's fate. Symbol of Revenge. "Nemo me impune lacessit" = No one provokes me with impunity
So who's the serpent and who's the foot?
Fortunato is the serpent biting on Montresor's heel. This represents the "insult" caused by Fortunato on Montresor, and why he seeks revenge which is represented by the heel crushing the serpent's head. Symbol of Death Let's break down the title "The Cask of Amontillado":
The meaning of cask is a barrel like container to store beverages, usually alcoholic. "Cask" is also the root word in casket.
The Spanish verb "amontinallar" means "collected in a pile or "gathered in a mount."
The casket of death/pile of bones.
Irony Fortunato's Name: His name means fortunate one in Italian, but he is anything but fortunate when he is buried alive in the catacombs.
Fortunato's Costume: He's dressed as a court jester, which contrasts his horrible fate
Montresor referring to Fortunato as "my friend."
While in the catacombs, the two characters drink to a "long life". Foreshadowing “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge.” This is the first line of the story. Montresor makes in known that he wants revenge in the beginning.
The family crest symbolizes revenge, but also is a form of foreshadowing. Montresor illustrates what is about to happen to Fortunato. He even gives him several chances to turn back and escape.
The trowel Montresor pulls from under his cloak when Fortunato questions if he is a Mason, foreshadows the building of the brick wall in which Fortunato is buried alive.
While in the catacombs, Fortunato develops a cough. Pretending to care about his health, Montresor suggests they should turn back. Fortunato exclaims, "I will not die of a cough." Montresor responds, "True." He's already made plans on how he will die. Thank you for your time! I hope you enjoyed :) Does anyone have any questions?