The Cask of Amontillado

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Short story by Edgar Allan Poe

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  • THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO
  • Montresor encounters Fortunato one evening during the madness of the Italian carnival season. Fortunato is drunk and Montresor provokes him with Luchesi, Fortunato's rival. His intention is taking Fortunato to his vaults to taste and approve his Amontillado.
  • EXPOSITION
  • By Edgar Allan Poe
  • We suspect that in fact Montesor's intention is not to make Fortunato approve his wine. Montresor is hurt. After thousands of injuries, Fortunato has insulted him. He seeks revenge. No one injures him with impunity.
  • CONFLICT
  • RISING ACTION
  • They arrive at Montresor's palazzo and go into his damp vaults, which indeed are the family catacombs. Fortunato keeps drinking and the dampness of the place affects him. He can't stop coughing but even though Montresor asks him several times to go back he wants to continue.
  • Once they go deep into the catacombs they find some bones lay upon the floor and a hole within the wall. Taking advantage of Fortunato's intoxication, Montresor shackles him against the wall. We start figuring out that all is part of the revenge plan.
  • CLIMAX
  • FALLING ACTION
  • Montresor starts to wall up the entrance of the niche with tiers of bricks. Little by little, Fortunate is getting back of his drunkenness. He hopes that all of this is part of a joke. He starts to scream but Montresor enjoys seeing him suffering.
  • RESOLUTION
  • Fortunato has been buried alive and Montresor has accomplished his revenge. At this moment, we realize that the whole story occurred 50 years ago and so far nobody has disturbed them. "Fortunato is resting in peace", Montresor says sarcastically.
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