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The Cask of Amontillado

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Lauryn Brown

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Transcript of The Cask of Amontillado

The Cask of Amontillado
Edgar Allan Poe

Presented by: Lauryn Brown
3rd hour

Key Words and Phrases
Literary Devices
Intertextual Connections
Some songs that reminded me of The Cask of Amontillado are as follows:

I believed Royals by Lorde reminded me of The Cask of Amontillado because it talks about how she wants to be on top, royal, and better than everyone else in some lines.

Apologize by One Republic is another because its saying its too late for you to apologize, so you're going to pay.

Some Nights by FUN. because it speaks of drugs and alcohol, and foolishness.
How do these words and phrases connect to the main themes?
Words and Phrases
How do these words and phrases connect to the main themes?
Themes I have acquired are as follows:
-Betrayal -Jealousy
-Revenge - Determination/Motivation
-Consumed/ Obsession -Loneliness
-Foolishness -Madness
-Drugs and Alcohol -Freedom and Confinement

"The thousand injuries of Fortuanto I had borne as best I could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge." (1)
-ventured: taking action despite the risks
- Revenge, Determination, Obsession

"I continued, as was my wont, to smile in his face, and he did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his immolation." (1)
- immolation: killing/ offering as sacrifice
- Perception, Foolishness, Revenge

"He had a weak point -- this Fortuanto -- although in other regards he was a man to be respected and even feared. He prided himself on connoisseurship in wine." (1)
- connoisseurship: an expert/love objects of fine art
- Determination, Obsession, Jealousy, Drugs

These words and phrases connect to the main themes because it helps give a deeper meaning , and supports the main theme, and put emphasis and purpose to it. I think it helps give you more suspense and foreshadowing. For instance, when I searched ventured I got a deeper meaning, and might have pictured what he would do. Of course, if you want revenge you take action.

An Admirable Poet
"Okay class, listen up, I will only announce this once!" Mrs. Scott yelled.

I was the only one whose head automatically raised as fast as a cheetah. As I glanced around the colorful classroom, I noticed most students seemed gloomy and weary. But not me, I was all prepared and enthusiastic to learn more about English.

"Your assignment will be to describe and formulate your opinion upon your favorite and most admired author or poet. You will have an hour and a half to do so, so make sure to put your best effort into it." Mrs. Scott pronounced.

I began to record my thoughts and feelings towards Edgar Allan Poe, as follows:

" Edgar Allan Poe. What a magnificent and wonderful artist, whose writing techniques have influenced others. I found his pieces to range from romance, to suspense, to innocence. I really enjoyed The Cask of Amontillado particularly. I admire him particularly because coming from such a stressful and raggedy childhood, he pursued his dreams and achieved greatness. Even though his life was not the best he took his experiences and put them in a form of writing in which made it flow and come together lovely. I also love his uniqueness and creativity because I don't know of many poets who can use several literature techniques and vocabulary to where I'm exceptionally engaged and enhanced in the storyline. The Cask of Amontillado has tons of themes once you dig deeper, whether their minor or major, and thought this particular piece was thoroughly organized. Furthermore, I adored and savored the main characters. I liked how Monstresor was sly, sneaky, and is considerate of how he plans to take Fortuanto out. I don't necessarily like his intentions I just like him. Fortuanto was humorous in some ways relating to having fun, and going with the flow, I wish he wasn't drunk all the time because that didn't help him very much when Monstresor led him to his doom. Overall the short story was fantastic, and I can't wait to read more of his stories. "

"The vaults are insufferably damp. They are encrusted with nitre." (2) By discovering more about nitre, was a preservative, potassium nitrate, which they used to preserve the remains and structures of the dead. You can infer something dangerous and deadly is going to occur. Going back to vocabulary if you understand key words and phrases, you'll be able to use literary devices, like foreshadowing to obtain a deeper meaning.

Another example of foreshadowing could be when Fortuanto says, " ...the cough's a mere, nothing, it will not kill me. I shall not die of a cough," Monstresor replies, " True-- true... and, indeed, I had no intention of alarming you unnecessarily-- but you should use all proper caution." (3) In fact, Monstresor and the readers of course know Fortuanto will receive illness or death because of dehydration and starvation in the crypt.

Of course this short story falls under the horror genre, and includes literature textures that add mystery to the tale. Poe uses suspense when he first introduces Monstresor's intentions of revenge and how he introduced the plot, and backgroound of characters. " It was about dusk, one evening during the supreme madness of the carnival season, that I encountered my friend. He accosted me with excessive warmth, for he had been drinking too much." (1)
I engages the reader when Monstresor and Fortuanto are just about to reach the catacombs and wonders whether or not Monstresor will fall for Fortuanto's trap." In an instant he had reahced the extremity of the niche, and finding his progress arrested by the rock, stood stupidly bewildered." (5)
Poe also gets the readers attention by the creeper laugh especially on the audio speaker.
At the end of the short story it states, "For the half of a century no mortal has disturbed them. In pace requiescat!" (7), which makes you wonder and question, are they really dead?
These key words and phrases are fundamental for understanding The Cask of Amontillado because they give you a deeper meaning, and helps analyze the story. The vocabulary engages the reader, and aids in comprehending overall, and can get a better visual representation of it. The use of word choice helps give a sense of wonder.
Personal Reactions
There weren't very many, but Poe uses hyperbole, which is exaggeration. " THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge." (1) Poe uses exaggeration because I'm sure there hasn't been one thousand injuries towards Fortuanto.

“A huge human foot d'or, in a field azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel.”(4) This is his family "sign." It is a great symbol. He feels that Fortunato has wronged him (the snake) and it is his destiny to crush him (the foot.)

Figurative Language
Contextual Information
Edgar Allan Poe
Poe had a rather rough and stressful childhood, which helped shaped his beliefs and stories. He was born to traveling actors, Elizabeth Arnold Poe and David Poe. January 19, 1809, Boston Massachusetts, and was second of three children. His parents died when he was about 3 years old, so unfortunately he was separated by his siblings(brother was with grandparents, sister had a foster family). Edgar's brother was named William Poe was a poet, and the youngest Rosalie Poe taught at Richmond girls' school. Edgar was then taken into foster care by a wealthy tobacco merchant John Allan and his wife, Frances Valentine Allan in Richmond, Virginia. He wanted to be a writer because he was influenced by childhood hero, the British poet Lord Bryon, and Poe wasn't interested in the tobacco business. Poe was educated in private academies, excelling in Latin, Italian, Spanish, and writing verse. On his free time, he enjoyed swimming, skating, and shooting. Most of his family were actors. By the age of 13 he wrote enough literature that it could be published as a book, but his headmaster was against that idea. In 1826 he attended University of Virginia. His father, John Allan didn't provide him with enough money that he had to burn his furniture just to keep warm, and gamble a bit. Once he went to Richmond for a visit he discovered that his fiancee, Elmira Rouster was engaged to someone else in his absence. He was extremely heartbroken that he was even more determined to reach his dream and potential of becoming a poet and finding adventure. At the age of 18 he published his first book titled Tamerlane, and after he enlisted in the U.S Army. His mother, Frances Allan died of tuberculosis( disease hurting the body mainly lungs), and didn't get to say goodbye. Throughout his years he began to develop more writing and writing techniques. Most people liked it because it ranged from romance, to suspense, to innocence. He was extremely successful. January 1842 he suffered his first attack of tuberculosis. Unfortunately he died because of tuberculosis and drugs.
Lifestyle Incorporated
I believed Poe strongly channeled and managed his emotions through literature which resulted in wonderful writing. I feel when you get a better understanding of the author's background you feel empathy and are captivated by his writing. It feels like you have a better relationship and connection with the author mentally. Perhaps you'd acquire a more suitable grasp on the theme and message of the book, and are able to analyze it more efficiently.
-What do you think the phrase is meaning, " A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser."

-Would Fortunato be able to narrator the story?

-When you first read the title what would you think it would be about?
Subject Matter
-How does Luchresi play a role in the short story?

-At the end, why was Monstresor somewhat upset?

-Would you consider this to be a Halloween, Gothic story? Why?



-Based on the motley Fortunato was dressed him, what would your first impression be? Why?

-How did Amontillado play a role in the story?

-How did the carnival setting add suspense?
The themes of The Cask of Amontillado were very unique and hard to discover at first, but once you are engaged to uncover more. There very meangingful, and occur in today's generation. I felt it was really from the heart.
Writing Techniques
I loved how he used suspense, foreshadowing, and some figurative language because that keeps you engaged and interested in the story. Its said that Gothic stories originated from him, and there were a few lines that uncovered symbolism.
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