The Cask of Amontillado

By Rachel, Keri, Claire, Araya, Emaan


Definition: the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.

An example of irony from the story is how Montresor said he was a mason and he used his skill for bad when masons are for good people who help others. It's ironic because he used good for bad.

Point of view

The story is told in the first person point of view. First person means that the story is told from a character in the story. The character tells the story either in the past or present and uses ME, I, WE. They relate to thoughts, actions, experiences and observations throughout the story.

"I may not must not only punish but punish with impunity" (Poe 61). As you can see the narrator is in the story because he used "I" talking about a situation, indicating that he was or is in the story.

Authors inspiration

The story "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe, was inspired by events that took place on Castle Island, a military fort off of the Boston Harbor. When Poe was a cadet in the army, he was stationed at Castle Island. While he was there he saw a grave, that interested him. When he asked about it he was told a story about a man who had been walled up alive after a disagreement with someone. Poe was forbidden by his commander to ever speak about the details of the story again. He took the plot line, changed the names and setting, and added his own details. The result? The Cask of Amontillado.

Discussion Question

We know the reason Montresor killed Fortunato was because Fortunato insulted Montresor, but how far do you think the insult got for Montresor to get to the extent of wanting to kill Fortunato?