The Cask of Amontillaldo

Darude - Sandstorm

Literary Device Example

Tone: The mood of the author or speaker in a text.

Symbolism: The use of symbols to create an emotion.

Imagery: Devices used in literature to appeal to the five senses. Smell, sight, taste, touch, and hearing.

Device Examples

Tone: I laid the second tier, and the third, and the fourth; and then I heard

the furious vibrations of the chain. The noise lasted for several minutes,

during which, that I might hearken to it with the more satisfaction, I ceased

my labours and sat down upon the bones. When at last the clanking

subsided, I resumed the trowel.

Symbolism: It was about dusk, one evening during the supreme madness

of the carnival season, that I encountered my friend.

Imagery: Montesor, wears a black silk mask and a dark cloak while

Fortunato, who is later completely fooled, wears the harlequin costume of

a court jester, or fool.

Two Questions

How and why did Fortunato die at the end?

Fortunato was lured into a trap by Montresor due to his wine obsession and gullibility.

What caused Fortunato to fall for Montresor's trap?

Fortunato practically lured himself into it; he made many mistakes throughout the story, like getting drunk, going into the catacomb in the first place, and being completely oblivious to his surroundings and instincts (due to his being drunk).