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The Cask of Amontillado

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on 25 September 2012

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Transcript of The Cask of Amontillado

Edgar Allan Poe Tone

• Edgar Allan Poe had a targeted audience with existing knowledge of wines, catacombs Diction •Informal with many formal aspects concrete word choice
specific language helps reader imagine scenes
no use of slang or colourful words
no contractions Diction overall writing is very descriptive
dark imagery
few details about protagonist creates mystery Imagery & Details “When at last the clanking subsided, I resumed the trowel, and finished without interruption the fifth, the sixth, and the seventh tier … I had completed the eighth, the ninth and the tenth tier. I had finished a portion of the last and the eleventh; there remained but a single stone to be fitted and plastered in.” Imagery & Details words & connotation add a cheery tone to a grim story
connotation is the reason the climax is so surprising
shows that Poe is nonchalant about what's going on Language - Connotation “It was about dusk, one evening during the supreme madness of the carnival season, that I encountered my friend.” “Its walls had been lined with human remains, piled to the vault overhead, in the fashion of the great catacombs of Paris.” Language - Connotation "human remains" have a negative connotation
canceled out with positive words like "fashion," "Paris" and "great." By: Edgar Allan Poe The Cask of Amontillado action was not promising, climax takes you by surprise
no "then" moment- no set-up for the climax
beginning was poetic but too powerful Blaise's Rules wording shows artistic expression

Poe applied his style (poetic, grim, strange) Carver's Rules title is unique
conflict for characters (man vs. man)
stasis disturbed
Poe leaves no loose ends
satisfies reader
no questions are left to ask
solid ending Atwood's Rules Plot Once Montresors informs us on how he “Ventured upon insult I vowed revenge” (Edger Allan). Montresor wants to punish fortunate for insulting him. Montresors discovers Fortunato at the carnival season, who is drunk. Montresor mentions a new wine he has received and is called “Amontillado” and told him how he had to go to his palazzo. It caught Montresor’s attention that Fortunato had a cough, Montresor offered him to go back to the carnival but Fortunato insisted on going to try the wine the “Amontillado”. Rising Action Exposition Fortunato stepped towards Montresor and stepped closer and hit his head on the granite and started throwing the links around his waist. Montresor told Fortunato now that he was linked up to the wall, “once, more let me impure you to return, no? Then I must positively leave you.” Montresor started to build a wall of rocks around Fortunato and over him, around the whole entrance of the liche. Climax Montresor had trouble putting the last rock in place, but he got it to place. Falling Action Resolution Montresor left with no suspicions. CHARACTERS Montresor -Narrator -Anti-hero -Bragging/ Confessing -Insane? -Round -Static -Represents human nature Atwood's Rules : Failing to satisfy reader. Leaving loose ends and questions Fortunato FOG Index 1) # of words in passage : 150 2) # of sentances : 7 3) Words/Sentances : 150/7 = 21.42 4) Hard words : 13 5) Hard words/Words : 13/150 = 8.7% 6) Step 3 + step 5 : 21.42 + 8.7 = 30.12 7) Step 6 x 0.4 : 30.12 x 0.4 = 12.048 Therefore, grade 12 reading level. Setting “I suffered him to hurry me to
my palazzo” (Allen Poe) Setting - Battle between feeling free and feeling trapped

- Carnival = Freedom

- Catacombs = Confinement “Three sides of this interior crypt were still
ornamented in this manner. From the fourth side
the bones had been thrown down, and lay
promiscuously upon the earth, forming at one
point a mound of some size. Within the wall
thus exposed by the displacing of the bones, we
perceived a still interior crypt or recess, in depth
about four feet, in width three, in height six or
seven. “ (Allen Poe) Setting Setting Carver's Rules
- Did not avoid Weak Specification at times

Atwood's Rules
-There is a conflict with the characters (Man vs Man) THEME deception leads to death
Montresor uses deception to obtain unlawful revenge THEME “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge.” THEME - CONT. “He had a weak point...He prided himself on his connoisseurship in wine.” “Drink," I said, presenting him the wine. He raised it to his lips with a leer. He paused and nodded to me familiarly, while his bells jingled.” THEME-CONT. "But let us proceed to the Amontillado." “Proceed," I said; "herein is the Amontillado.” -Means fortune -No background story -Fatal flaws - conceited about his knowledge, pride -Flat -Static Luchresi "Proceed," I said; "herein is the Amontillado. As for Luchresi --"
"He is an ignoramus," interrupted my friend, as he stepped unsteadily forward” “At length I would be avenged. I must not only punish, but punish with impunity” “My heart grew sick; it was the dampness of the catacombs that made it so” Blaise's Rules:
No "then.." moment "THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge." -More of a plot device than a character -Montresor uses Luchresi to distract Fortunato -Flat -Static Point of View POV is in first person.

Poe used this to show deeper into his character's mind.

Without this you'd get lost behind the main character's motive(s) Point of View “In pace requiescat!” which comes to "rest in peace" when translated from Latin to English.

"THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge." Quotes Carver's Rule- Add artistic expression = did so through dark, eerie style and mysterious tone

Atwood's Rule- Demonstrate you passion for words= did so by using descriptive language, long unusual words Rules -Monster
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