The Cask

The Cask
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  • Exposition In the exposition, Fortunato met up with an old friend at a carnival, which may be symbolizing a crowded place. Fortunato has brought a very expensive wine to the carnival, which his friend believes is a bad idea. His friend was never supposed to see the wine, and now they are both in trouble. Now Fortunato is traveling to a man named Luchesi to seek information.
  • The Cask of Ammontillado By Edgar Allan Poe
  • Conflict The narrator, Montressor, is claiming that Fortunado has insulted him and is planning on getting revenge. Montressor tells the reader nothing about what Fortunado had done, but describes it as unforgivable. As the two keep arguing about different points, both decide to get up and leave. However, as they leave, the Montressor has different plans.
  • Rising Action Montressor is guiding Fortunado down into a dark wine cellar which may symbolize something else such as a creepy cave, basement, etc. As they make their way down, Montressor keeps asking Fortunado if he needs to turn back because he looks sick, but refuses every time. Fortunado tries to make himself feel better by drinking more wine, but doesn't help much. As they go down the stairs, Fortunado wonders why he might be taking him down there.
  • Climax When the two get down to the wine cellar, they do not find Amontillado but a large hole in the wall. By the hole were bricks, and Montressor handcuffed him and put him into the hole in the wall. Unexpectedly, Montressor started to seal the hole with the bricks on the ground. The bricks may represent his fate sealing up as well.
  • Falling Action As Montressor stacks up the last few bricks, Fortunato screams for help, but no one is there to help him. The bricks that cover him up can also symbolize his fate sealing right in front of his own two eyes. After all, Montressor got his revenge. If only Fortunato had not spoiled his secrets, he would be safe.
  • Resolution Montressor walks away from the act unknown of. He replaces the bones of Fortunato. The bones of Fortunato may also represent the past memories that everyone never found out about. In the end, Montressor had gotten away with the act and never had gotten caught.
  • Sarah Gibson
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