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The Cask of Amontillado
Transcript of The Cask of Amontillado
Poe's Most famous Works
By Edgar Allan Poe
The Cask of Amontillado
Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston Massachusetts.
Both Poe's parents died before he was three years old.
Poe was always at the top of his class in school but was always being kicked out because of a gambling and financial problems..
In 1829, Poe published his first set of Poem entitled entitled Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane, and Minor Poems.
After his time in the military, Poe began to sell stories and Magazines and became the editor of the Southern Literary Messenger.
When Poe was 27 he married his 14 year old cousin Virginia.
Over the next decade, Poe made a name for himself and it was during this time that Poe started to really see himself as a true short story writer, Poet and editor.
On October 3 ,1849 Poe was found in a state of semi-consciousness in his apartment and died four days later to what coroners believe was the result of rabies.
Poe's lifetime work had a huge impact on literature all over the world and he is know as the originator of horror and detective fiction. Today, Poe is seen and credited as the architect of the modern short story.
Overall we all liked the short story. At first we didn't really like it. We felt like the story was confusing because we were unfamiliar with alot of the terms and the language being used, but after reading it over a couple times we started to understand it. Once we started understanding the story some more we realized that is was really a good story with a good plot and theme. We would recommend this book to anyone who likes horror stories.
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Analysis of the Story
Edgar Allan Poe had written over 115 different Poems, Plays, Short stories and Essays. His most important works include:
-The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym
-The Black Cat
-The Cask of Amontillado
-The Fall of the House of usher
-The Purloined Letter
-The Tell-Tale Heart
The word "cask" means win barrels, but the words casket and coffin also come from the same word, so although Fortunato believes he will ultimately reach of cask of wine, he actually meets his casket.
The first example of verbal is when Montresor runs into Fortunato during the carnival, he says "My dear Fortunato, you are luckily met." However Montresor is happy to see Fortunato because he knows he will profit from the meeting. The second example is When walking through catacombs, Fortunato asks Montresor if he is part of the Freemasons, and Montresor says yes. Montresor was not really part of the Freemason group, by saying yes he was referring to the Craftsman type of Mason, since he will be entombing Fortunato with Stone and mortar. Finally, Montresor acts like he is worried about Fortunato's health as they get deeper into the Catacombs and says, "We will go back. Your Health is precious." However, he has no intention of going back and is truly not worried about his Health. He was really using reverse psychology to trick him into going deeper into the catacombs.
Symbolism and Irony
Both characters names represent levels of irony and symbolism. Firstly in Italian Fortunato's name translates to "the fortunate one" but we soon find out that he is not fortunate in any way.
In French Montesor's name means "My treasure" which can be understood in a number of way. Firstly, it symbolizes Montesors use of the cask of wine as a hidden prize to complete his goals. Secondly, the revenge plot is a treasure to Montressor because it is something he secretly held close to his heart for a long time.
Symbolism and Foreshadowing
Montresor's coat of arms is "A huge human d'or, in a feild azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel." The coat of arms and the family motto shows that no one will harm them without punishment. The motto and coat of arms are huge clues showing the reader as to how Montesor will get revenge on Fortunato for playing jokes on him.
The beginning of the story takes place during the "supreme madness" of the carnival season. The drinking and the costumes show lots of partying and celebration. The series of Bad events that will come upon Fortunato are in clear contrast from the mood shown in the carnival spirit.
As Montresor takes Fortunato into the catacombs, the author describes the catacombs as cold, dark and damp and even speaks about all the bones of the deceased found scattered throughout to build a suspense and to foreshadow Forunato's fate.
Fortunato’s costume for the evening is another example of symbolism within the story. He has chosen to dress as a “fool” ,also know as a jester,for the Carnival celebration. The traditional role jester is extremely appropriate in this case as not only because of the way Fortunate acts throughout the story, but of also how unaware he is to Montressor’s true intentions.
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The conflict in the story is between Montesor and Fortunato. Montesor develops a plan to lure Fortunato into his death. He plans to bring Fortunato to his catacombs to taste his expensive wines. During this time Fortunato is very drunk and is is completely unaware of what taking place around him
Montresor has been insulted by Fortunato one to many times and he now plans to get revenge. He dosent teach him a lesson, he wants to fully get rid of Fortunato. Once both are deep in the catacombs; Montresor chains Fortunato to the wall. When he is chained, he builds a brick wall around him so that he could no escape or cry for help.
The story takes place during an Italian Carnival, and we are introduced to the main characters Montresor and Fortunato. We also learn that Fortunato has insulted Montresor greatly, and because of this Montresor is plotting to get revenge.
Fortunato Desperately tries to convince Montresor that what he did earlier wasn't meant to insult him; it was all just a joke. Montresor doesn't mind he cries and continues building the wall and shortly after Fortunato is silent.
Montressor places the last stone and tells the reader that it is 50 years later and no one has found Fortunato's Bones.