Card Essay of the Cask of Amontillado

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Casi L. BrownEng 102 Mon.

Story: The Cask of Amontillado, 1846

Author: Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849)

Central Character: Montresor, a rich yet vengeful man, who has plotted and follows through with killing a man. Montressor holds an undisclosed grudge against Fortunato and lures him to his death, walling him up in the caverns of his wine cellar. Monstresor leads a drunken Fortunato through a series of chambers beneath his palazzo with the promise of a taste of Amontillado, a wine that Monstresor has just purchased. Monstresor is the narrator and a wealthy man intent on receiving revenge on Fortunato who is both a friend and enemy. Montresor chains Fortunato to the wall, builds a new wall to seal him in, and leaves him to die. Several sources for the story have been suggested in the last century and a half

Other Characters: Fortunado, an Italian friend dressed as a joker. The man who is a sworn enemy of Montresor whom has planned his revenge. Montresor's explains that Fortunato has committed a "thousand injuries’’ and a final "insult," no details of these offenses is given. Fortunado is a respected and feared man, is a proud connoisseur of fine wine, and, at least on the night of the story, he clouds his senses and judgment by drinking

Setting: Both the location and the time of the story are only vaguely hinted at. Late at night, while at a carnival party. Then on to Montresor's home, where there is no one. Deep underneath the house is a dark tavern, paved with bones and bodies. So dark that they need torches to see. Poe freely combines elements of different nations and cultures where Fortunato and Luchesi are Italians, knowledgeable about Italian wines.

Narrator: Montresor, himself.

* Events in Summary: (1) Montresor begins speaking about the revenge he shall have on Fortunato. (2) He meets with Fortunado in false likeness, as Fortunado is already drunk. (3) He explains that Amontillado has a cask...
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