The Cask of Amontillado-Hailie Shemek

The Cask of Amontillado-Hailie Shemek

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  • Exposition
  • You're looking well!
  • Conflict
  • He has no idea of my revenge!
  • Cough, cough!
  • Rising Action
  • Cough, cough!
  • "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe, told by Hailie Shemek, describes a man who wants revenge on a drunk, old, Italian man, Fortunato. At a busy carnival, the narrator is aggrivated with Fortunato for insulting him many years ago, and is trying to get revenge. To get revenge, he must act kind to him so he doesn't catch on to what he is planning to do. He can tell that he is drunk, so he thinks he may be able trick him with alcohol. 
  • Climax
  • A few years back from the time of the story, Fortunato insulted the man. When he met up with him at the carnival, he was still very mad. The man wanted revenge because of this. He had a plan to kill him, and knew that he liked wine, which can lure Fortunato to the place he was going to kill him. Fortunato is unaware of the man's hatred for him, and is thinking he is just being kind to him for offering all of the wine. 
  • Falling Action
  • The man takes Fortuanto through the catacomb and gives him medicine to pretend he is being generous to the man for his cough. The man gives Fortunato more wine and he gets more drunk. The man knows his plan is working because Fortunato is stumbling and needing more help walking. Also, they walk past piles of bones without Fortunato caring, which shows he is drunk. If the man sticks to his plan, he will get his revenge. 
  • Resolution
  • When they got to the end of the catacombs, the climax occurs. The man brutally chains Fortunato up by surprise so he canno't escape. He moved ever so swiftly like he had done it many times before. He knew what he was doing so Fortunato had no time to fight back. 
  • Right away after locking Fortunato up, the man starts masoning the wall. Although Fortunato is moaning and screaming, the man keeps on building. You can hear the bells of Fortunato's Joker costume ringing, which symbolizes the happiness of life. Fortunato is full of life which is represented by his bells, but being locked up will make the jingling of the bells stop. 
  • All of a sudden, Fortunato's bells stop ringing. Since the ringing of the bells symbolize life, and they aren't ringing, Fortunato must not be alive anymore. The man had gotten his revenge on Fortunato because he had finally killed him. He put the very last stone into place and lit it on fire so he would never have to see him again. The place wasn't disturbed for at least, "half of a century," (paragraph 89). 
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