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The Cask of Amontillado

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The Cask of Amontillado

  1. 1. The Cask of Amontillado Josefina Tasca, Felicitas Donato, Malena Millan and Alina Claps The Cask of Amontillado Edgar Allan Poe Felicitas Donato, Malena Millán, Alina Claps & Josefina Tasca
  2. 2. Plot
  3. 3. Characters Montresor is the narrator of this story. He tells the tale of his revenge against his old “friend” Fortunato who has wounded him deeply, and is the cause of Montresor’s revenge. He lures Fortunato into his catacombs saying he has wine for him to taste, and then buries him in a crypt. Fortunato is a friend of Montresor who does not know that his friend is planning to kill him. He is an expert on wines, and believes he knows everything, so he goes with Fortunato, despite his illness, to taste a rare and expensive wine his friend has just bought. Luchesi is another wine expert who Fortunato considers unworthy of tasting the Amontillado, but never appears on the story.
  4. 4. Images The most important imagery in "The Cask of Amontillado" is the underground catacomb wine-cellar. With its dark, damp tunnels which seem both enormous and confining. The cellar shows the strangeness of underground places and Poe's latent fear of being buried alive. The wine-cellar is also a crypt, with generations of Montresor's ancestors buried within. The skeletons and the nitre, which forms on the walls, establish a frightening atmosphere and increases the sense of claustrophobia; although the skeletons are long-dead, it is easy to be fearful. The catacomb is a place of death, and the living should not disturb its silence.
  5. 5. Irony Poe uses irony to throw off the reader, keeping him/her unbalanced and not sure of Montresor and his intentions. It also serves to make the reader question the narrator of the story: is he reliable or is he insane? As more information comes to light, the story becomes creepier because we assume that Montresor must be insane and is committing not only murder, but he is murdering a decent and kind man. Fortunato’s name: he is not fortunate Cask: also literally means “casket.” Though Fortunato seeks a cask of Amontillado, he finds a casket of death. Carnival: usually a place of joy and life “Your health is precious” Toast for the deaths "I will not die of a cough." Montresor responds, "true." It appears to be a hopeful statement. It's
  6. 6. Gothic Elements dark imagery underground chambers, far from any other living humans violent revenge an atmosphere of suspense and mystery in the environment foreshadowings Villain protagonist
  7. 7. Tone & Atmosphere Atmosphere: The setting of the gloomy catacombs contributes to create a tense atmosphere in the story. Poe creates this atmosphere when Montresor draws up Fortunato to his inevitable doom. The Cask of Amontillado is a story of revenge and secret murder. There is no logic for this punishment. It is a tale of terror. In it, Poe shows us the horrors of pure evil. Tone: Creepy, Elegant, humorous and dark sarcasm. Montresor, the main character, describes the mounds of bones and stench of human remains so elegantly. The following passage is a good example: “We passed through a range of low arches, descended, passed on, and descending again, arrived at a deep crypt, in which the foulness of the air caused our flambeaux rather to glow than flame.” The creepily humorous appears to be entertaining. Montresor’s sinister jokes make us believe, for a moment, that everything is going be OK. If we can still laugh, it must not be so bad. When things get rough for Fortunato, we feel a little guilty for having laughed before. 'Pass you hand,' I said,'over the wall; you cannot help feeling the niter. Indeed it is very damp. Once more let me implore you to return...
  8. 8. Vocabulary HEARKEN : to listen attentively. CASK: a wine cask having a capacity of 126 gallons. CATACOMB : underground cemetery. FETTER: A device, usually one of a pair of rings connected to a chain, that is attached to the ankles or feet to restrict movement. IMMOLATION : to kill. NITRE : a colourless or white crystalline compound used, eg: preservative for foods.
  9. 9. FLAMBEAUX: a lighted torch SCONCES: a flat candlestick with a handle MASONRY: Stonework or brickwork CRYP: a subterranean chamber or vault, used as a burial place AMONTILLADO: A pale dry Spanish wine GAIT: A particular way of moving on foot NICHE: A recess in a wall, as for holding a statue or urn

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