Cask of Amontillado Intro Notes

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  • 1.  
  • 2. MOOD – The emotion(s) you feel while reading. Setting, objects, details, images, & words all contribute toward creating a specific mood.
  • 3. Amontillado - a dry wine from Spain Cask - a container to hold liquid
  • 4. “… but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.” “The Cask of Amontillado” is the narrator’s story of his ability to carry out a chilling plot of revenge against his offender.
  • 5. Unreliable Narrator
    • -1 st person narrator that for some reason tells an incorrect version of the story
    • -Usually the reader trusts that the narrator is giving an accurate version of the story.
    • -With a U.N. the reader can’t trust the narrator.
  • 6. Reasons a narrator may be unreliable: The narrator…
    • may be a different age than the people in the story, such as a child attempting to explain adult actions
    • may have prejudices about race, class or gender
    • may have low intelligence
    • may suffer from mental illness or a personality disorder
    • may be trying to hurt one of the characters due to a grudge
  • 7.  
  • 8. Carnival
  • 9. Carnival
    • Carnival is a secular holiday; evolved from the Christian observance known as Lent.
    • Lent is a solemn 40-day period of fasting prior
    • to Easter.
  • 10. What happens during Carnival?
    • Carnival is a time of EXCESS and INDULGENCE.
    • Binging upon food and alcohol is common.
    • Partying in the streets and masquerading are enjoyed.
  • 11. The combination of alcohol and costumes creates an atmosphere where people tend to let down their inhibitions.
  • 12. European Carnival traditions survive in the United States in the form of Mardi Gras.
  • 13. “ The Cask of Amontillado” is set during the “ supreme madness ” of Carnival. In such a riotous atmosphere, it is easy to see how a crime could go unnoticed .
  • 14. The narrator plans for his revenge to take place in the catacombs beneath his estate. What are catacombs ?
  • 15. Catacombs : Cities of the Dead
  • 16. In Europe, catacombs, underground burial chambers, became popular alternatives to cemeteries.
  • 17.  
  • 18. The wealthy could opt for family catacombs beneath their estates.
  • 19.