Gothic Literature - The Cask of Amontillado- Daniel Flanagan

Gothic Literature - The Cask of Amontillado- Daniel Flanagan
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  • Setting and Atmosphere
  • "At the most remote end of the crypt there appeared another less spacious... the bones had been thrown down." (Poe 5)
  • A Gothic Protagonist
  • "You are rich, respected, admired, beloved; you happy, as I once was" (Poe3)
  • Emotions Run High
  • "...the cough's a mere nothing, it will not kill me." (Poe 3)
  •  In Gothic literature the setting often takes place in old, rundown structures. In this case, the story mostly takes place in Montresor's catacombs, which are old, full of niter and skeletons.
  • Foreboding
  • "A huge human foot d'or...the foot crushes a serpent whose fangs are embedded in the heel." (Poe.4)
  • A gothic protagonist is in some way isolated or alone. In this case Montresor is emotionally isolated. After Fortunato tarnished his name, Montresor no longer has friends and is not liked as much as Fortunato.
  • Decay
  • "The Montresors, I replied, were a great and numerous family." (Poe.3)
  • Fortunato is passionate about his wine, and defies his own common sense. This is something that many gothic characters do.  Even though he has a cough and the niter will make it worse, Fortunato wants a chance to try the "Amontillado".
  • The Supernatural
  • Foreboding is similar to Foreshadowing, they both "predict" the future. In this case the Montresor crest predicts the murder of Fortunato.            
  • In Gothic Literature, there is usually some sort of decay, whether it be the landscape, things or people. In this story, Montresor is no longer powerful, or respected because of Fortunato.
  • In some Gothic stories the "supernatural" have a rational explanation, but imply something out of this world. In this case, Fortunato, who was very drunk, sobered up in no time at the end of the story, while Montresor builds his wall. 
  • "...good joke indeed,--an excellent jest." (Poe.7)
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