The Cask of Amontillado

The Cask of Amontillado
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  • Exposition/ Inciting Incident:  Fortunato has insulted Montresor greatly, and he wants revenge.  Then, they run into eachother at the carnival, and Montresor invites Fortunato to taste a pipe of Amontillado to see if it is real.
  • Do you wanna taste some Amontillado?
  • Of course
  • Rising Action:  As they are in the basement, Montresor warns Fortunato of the niter which would make his cough worse.  He says that Luchesi could do it instead, but Fortunato persists even though he is very drunk and his cough is getting bad.
  • Rising Action: They finally reach the end of the hallway and come to a small room about the size of a casket.  Montresor tells Fortunato that the Amontillado is inside.  Then, when Fortunato walks in, Montresor shackles Fortunato to the wall and starts closing the entrance with a brick wall.
  • Ok
  • It's right in there.
  • Setting:  This story takes place during the carnival season in Italy at around the 1850's.
  • Climax: As Montresor is placing the last brick, he calls Fortunato's name, but there is no answer.  Then, he hears the bells of Fortunato's hat jingle and he assumes that Fortunato is dead.
  • Point of View and Tone:  The point of view is first person participant and the tone is rather suspenseful.
  • Falling Action:  Fortunato dies and Montresor gets away with his revenge.  Nobody suspects a thing of Montresor.
  • Conflict:  The conflict is character vs. character between Montresor and Fortunato.  Although Fortunato doesn't know it yet, Montresor plans to kill him for what he did to him.
  • Resolution:  Montresor is finally confessing of this terrible deed that he has done.  He is writing a letter to someone while he is probably on his deathbed.
  • Main Characters:  Montresor is flat and static for the bulk of the story, then he becomes round and dynamic at the end.  This is because he is vengeful and bitter from the start, but feels a small amount of remorse at the end.  Fortunato is static and flat because he is prideful and foolish and does not change the whole story.
  • Symbolism:  The coat of arms of Montresor's family represents Montresor's pride in his family.  It also represents justice and that no one goes without punishment if they do something wrong.
  • Theme:  The theme of this story is that pride comes before a fall.  Fortunato was very prideful and didn't even know why Montresor had killed him.  Also, revenge isn't always sweet.  Montresor got away with his revenge, but it was a burden on his back and he had to confess it.
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