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The Cask of Amontillado

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Transcript of The Cask of Amontillado

The Cask Of Amontillado
By: Edgar Allan Poe
Our Reading Purpose: Mood
Summary
The Story "The Cask of Amontillado " by Edgar Allan Poe is very creepy. It's about a man named Montresor who was insulted by his friend, Fortunado, and wishes to get revenge. During the carnival he buys a wine that could pass as Amontillado, a light Spanish sherry. After debating with each other, Montresor insists the two go into Fortunado's vaults. Fortunado fights with him but he gives in eventually. On their way into the vaults Montresor insists due to fortunados' cough they go back but Fortunado says "Enough," he said; "the cough is a mere nothing; it will not kill me. I shall not die of a cough." (61 Poe). On the way into the vaults they go through catacombs, with walls of human remains. Montresor threw Fortunado up against a wall and chained him to it, then putting cement over the wall.
Literary Criticism Article
The literary criticism we used was "The Ironic Double in Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado". By Walter Stepp.
This article connects to the story because it allows the reader to get deeper into the story by explaining in more detail in the relationship between the two characters (Fortunado and Montresor) and allows the reader to understand ironic situations throughout the story. It allows you to see how two faced Montesor really is. You see it throught the story, but even more while reading this article. You see that fortunado isn't really a bad guy, he's a "gullible millionare" as Stepp would say. (Pg 3)
Outside Source
The outside source we used was the trailer of the 1934 movie "The Count Of Monte Crisco"
Reading Purpose
Our reading purpose was mood. In the story "The Cask of Amontillado", the mood is very mysterious, creepy, thrilling, dark, murderous, and scary. These moods work within the story when he says a statement and it gives off that creepy vibe. Like on page 62 Montersor states "From the fourth the bones had been thrown down, and lay them promiscuously upon the earth, forming at one point a mound of some size" (Poe). This statement makes it seem like he's going to plan something later on in the plot that has to do with the death of Fortunado. Throughout the story he hints at death, and how the walls in the catacombs are lined with human remains. The mood changes somewhat throughout it. He adds some details that just send chills down your spine.
How the Outside Source Connected
Both Characters in the movies/novels wanted revenge on a close friend. In "The Cask of Amontillado" Montresor wants revenge on Fortunado for assaulting him.
In "The Count Of Monte Cristo". The main character wants revenge on a few people. In both stories the main characters want revenge on someone.
Discussion Questions

As soon as I read the author was Edgar Allan Poe, I immediately began to thinksomeone or something was going to die within the story. Then as I began reading I made the prediction that Montresor was going to kill Fortunato after seeing this quote. " I had borne as I best could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge" (Poe 58). When I saw "revenge" I quickly thought that Montresor was going to do something to Fortunato. This prediction in the end turned out to be true as I expected. The author uses very dark and mysterious words to craft his writing and in some cases is hard to understand. by doing this it creates the reader to think harder about the writing and also puts more ideas and predictions in your mind. -Bryce
We used Bryce's response because we liked
his word choice. We both agreed with his statement "The author uses very dark and mysterious words to craft his writing and in some cases is hard to understand. by doing this it creates the reader to think harder about the writing and also puts more ideas and predictions in your mind" because Poe's word choice does mess with the reader a little bit. It makes the reader want to think more about what is happening to Fortunado and how it's going to play out.
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