Cask of Amontillado


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  • "My dear Fortunato! I am indeed glad that I have met you."
  • Important Fact: Fortunato is a wine taster.
  • In the exposition Montresor, the narrator, introduces his rival Fortunato.
  • Exposition
  • "Montresor! Good evening, my friend."
  • Fortunato's name is an ironic symbol since he is actually unfortunate.
  • "I have bought a full CASK of fine wine which they tell me is Amontillado"
  • In the story there are many different conflicts. Montesor's desire for revenge on Fortunato is one of the main conflicts in the story.
  • Conflict
  • Cask and casket have the same root. This is a symbol of his foreshadowed death.
  • "Come. Let us go... To your vaults. To taste the wine."
  • "We were entering the last resting place of the dead of the Montressor family. Here too we kept our finest wines.."
  • The rising action is when Montresor brings Fortunato to his catacombs to taste his Amontillado, an expensive type of wine.
  • Rising Action
  • Important Fact: Fortunato is slightly intoxicated at this time and isn't completely aware of his surroundings.
  • "Montresor! What are you doing!?"
  • The climax of the story is when Montresor chains Fortunato to the wall of the catacombs.
  • Climax
  • "Before Fortunato could guess what was happening, I closed the lock and chained him tightly to the wall."
  • The falling action of the story is when Fortunato stops screaming, and Montresor is finishing building the wall in front of him.
  • "Fortunato! Fortunato!"
  • Falling Action
  • Important Fact: The sound that Montresor hears is the jingling of the bells on Fortunato's costume.
  • "I heard no answer. I heard only a soft, low sound."
  • Important Fact: In the last few sentences of the story, we learn that this is not in actually present day but he is retelling the story.
  • The resolution of the story is when Fortunato is told to "Rest in Peace."
  • Resolution
  • "I put the old bones again in a pile against the wall. For a half a century now no human hand has touched them. May he rest in peace!"
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