"The Cask of Amontillado Essay

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“The Cask of Amontillado” “The Cask of Amontillado” was written by Edgar Allan Poe in 1846, just three years before Poe's death. It tells a story of revenge between two men, Fortunato and Montresor. Montresor is the narrator of the story. He is telling the reader the story of his revenge on Fortunato around fifty years after it occurred. The story is set at night during the celebrations of carnival season. Most of the action takes place in the catacombs of Montresor's home. The catacombs are where Montresor stores his wine, which is a crucial part of his plan to get revenge on Fortunato. The story opens with Montresor expressing his desire to have his revenge on Fortunato. The reader is never told exactly what Fortunato has done to provoke Montresor. All the reader is told is “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge.”(360). Montresor never expounds on what the insult was, only that it occurred and that he will take revenge. Montresor goes on to say that he “must punish with punish with impunity”, meaning that he will show no mercy on Fortunato and that the revenge will be far worse than the insult. Montresor then reveals that Fortunato has a weakness. This weakness is his love for wine. Fortunato prides himself on his vast knowledge of wine. He considers himself to be a wine expert. Montresor knows this, and he uses this knowledge to his advantage while formulating his plan for revenge. Montresor begins his quest for revenge one evening during the carnival season. He comes across Fortunato who is drunk and dressed as a court jester. Montresor then tells Fortunato that he has acquired a “pipe of Amontillado”(361). Amontillado is a rare type of Sherry that is produced in Montilla, Spain. Montresor goes on to say that he is going to take to another wine expert named Luchresi to see if what he

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