The Cask Of Amontillado

By: Maci Rosene, Evan Conner, Abigail Rippee, Chrissa Loth

Tone

The tone of “The Cask of Amontillado”, is vengeful and dark. The quote shows this by describing how Montresor and Fortunato were surrounded by a dark and death filled environment throughout most of the story. By Poe using this dark tone, infers the reader to think about what revenge Montresor will do to Fortunato.


Example: “We had passed through walls of piled bones, with casks and puncheons intermingling, into the inmost recesses of the catacombs” (Poe 6).

Symbolism

This quote symbolizes that Fortunato is a comical person who likes to play tricks on people. This is significant in the story because it gives a motive to the murder and explains why Montresor wants to get revenge.


Example: “He had on a tight fitting parti-striped dress, and his head was surmounted by the conical cap and bells.” (Poe 4). 1q

Imagery

This quote is an example of imagery because it describes in detail what Fortunato is wearing and helps the reader picture Fortunato in their mind.


Example: ”He had on a tight fitting parti-striped dress, and his head was surmounted by the conical cap and bells”(Poe 4).

Explanation of how and why Fortunato died at the end. What character flaw caused Fortunato to fall for Montresors' trap?

Fortunato dies at the end when Montresor basically buries him alive. It can be debated that Fortunato died immediately of suffocation or that he slowly passes due to his lack of food. I think that Montresor would have left enough holes that Montresor could breathe and he could drink because of the abundance of water, so his death would be much more drawn out and tortuous. Montresor wants his death to be terrible because he believes that the joke Fortunato played on him deserves such intense punishment. Fortunato could have escaped if he wasn’t so prideful because Montresor offered to turn back several times and get the other wine taster but Fortunato wanted to prove he was the best wine taster. I believe that Fortunato’s refusal to leave made Montresor feel like the punishment was fair because Fortunato didn’t try to escape.
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