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Literary Analysis of the cask of amontillado

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madeline ayala

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Literary Analysis of "The Cask Of Amontillado"
by:Madeline Ayala
AP English IV
17 December 2015

Character Analysis
The cask of Amontillado takes place in Italy and is told by a narrator who we later find out is Montresor. Montresor begins by talking about how he has to get revenge on Fortunato who has hurt him. Montresor comes up with a plan to lure Fortunato down in the catacombs a trap him. Montresor tells Fortunato that he found a barrel of Amontillado which catches Fortunato's attention. From there Montresor takes him to go see it and Fortunato will eventually meet his fate, death.
The Cask of Amontillado
Revenge is served brutally in “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe where he illustrates a character named Montresor who displays the evil side of humanity. Montresor is one of the main characters in Edgar’s short story who receives an insult from Fortunato which is a big mistake on Fortunato’s part. Montresor was so offended by the insult that he takes drastic measures to recover his pride and dignity. Through this drastic measure Montresor revels a malicious side of him and allows the reader to see his different shades of evil.
This is a piece of Gothic literature and horror all wrapped in one short story. Gothic literature usually focuses on the suspenseful elements to produce a thriller that usually ends in some type of death. Edgar demonstrates just that in the Cask of Amontillado where he takes advantage of the suspense in his story as they travel deeper into the catacombs and deeper into intoxication. Then the story finishes with a death just as planned.
Montresor clearly does not know how to forgive someone specifically Fortunato and the only way he can feel satisfied is through getting revenge. Montresor feels betrayed which awakens his vengeful side causing him to go so far that he murders a friend. Montresor really only sees one way to get over the fact that Fortunato insulted him and that is through murdering him. Trust is so important to him that he will go to any measures to recover what he thinks he deserves. It’s all about revenge when it comes to Montresor’s way of thinking and for him that’s the only option that seems fair.
While Montresor is narrating the story he does not give a lot of detail about Fortunato. However each small detail is strikingly important to the story. Fortunato is the most relatable character in this short story becuase he portrays a couple of humanity's weaknesses. For example he is too trusting even Montresor realizes that and uses it to his benefit because even he says "Fortunato had no reason to doubt him"
Edgar sets the stage at a carnival having the reader thinking its a festive story. However the story is not a festivity of enjoyment but of horror. He then transitions the story into a tunnel of catacombs meant to portray confinement while the carnival represents freedom. Edgar uses the method of "Gothic Interior which is meant to make us hyperware of these emotions through careful attention to the setting.
The cask of Amontillado is wrapped up in symbolism including the Montresor family motto "Nemo me impune lacessit" meaning nobody harms me without being punished. This is quite symbolic to Fortunatos' fate.
Fortunato means fortunate in italian which is very ironic for someone who is about to be trapped in catacombs and left to die.
Tropes in The Cask of Amontilllado
Authors Purpose
Hyperbole: "The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could"
He most likely did not experience "1000 injuries"

The Cask of Amontillado was Edgar Allen Poe's last short story. He had a purpose to illustrate an intricate story of revenge and murder one last time. It's said to be be one if his "greatest short story's".
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