The Cask of Amontillado Lit. Terms

The Cask of Amontillado Lit. Terms
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  • FORSHAWDOWING
  • SYMBOLISM
  • "...observe the white web-work which gleams from these cavern walls."
  • "Niter?"
  • "Niter."
  • IRONY
  • Fortunato asks, "And your motto?"
  • "Good!"
  • "Nemo me impune lacessit"1
  • "I answered producing from beneath the folds of my roquelaure a trowel" People don't just go around carrying trowels. Montresor is obviously going to use it against Fortunato. We find out later that he built the wall with the trowel to trap Fortunato.
  • TONE
  • The niter of "white web work which gleams from these cavern walls," symbolizes how Montresor is sending Fortunato into a trap or a web of niter.
  • MOOD
  • Little does Fortunato know that he is about to have this implemented on him. It's ironic because he responds food but it's actually very misfortunate for him. 1No one attacks me with impunity
  • IMAGERY
  • The tone of the story is eerie, aggrieved, and assertive because Montresor is driven by being offended.  This need for vengeance is assertive because he is strong-willed to carry out his revenge. Eerie is a give me because the setting is a catacomb and the deed is murder.
  • The mood of the story can be described as eerie, gloomy, and intriguing. When reading the book, the reader gets an eerie and gloomy feeling because of the events that happen in the story. The reader stays intrigued throughout the story because the story is suspenseful.
  • "We had passed through long walls of piled skeletons, with casks and puncheons intermingling, into the inmost recesses of the catacombs." This gives you a distinct image in your head of what the catacombs look like. Especially using the words "long walls of piled skeletons," or "casks and puncheons intermingling."
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