The Cask of Amontillado

By: Jaden Ramey, Trevor Wipperman, and Alex Gardner


-The general mood or feeling in a piece of writing or situation. For example, in 'The Cask of Amontillado', Edgar Allen Poe says, "...but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge." This helped provide the tone of revenge because it made you feel like he was vengeful and he felt insulted.


-The use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities. An example of symbolism in this short story is the trowel. The trowel is what is used to place the paste/mortar on bricks or stones to stick together. This represents symbolism because Montresor's deceiving personality because when he was laying down the mortar and bricks, Fortunado thought that he was playing a joke on him."...a very joke indeed---an excellent jest. We will have many a rich laugh about it at the palazzo, the---he! he! he!---over our wine---he! he! he!"


-Visually descriptive or figurative language, especially in a literary work. An excellent example of imagery in the story was the Catacombs. They were well described and you could get a good idea of their width, length, and height and the bones in the walls and on the floor. "Within the wall thus exposed by the displacing of the bones, we perceived a still interior recess, in depth about four feet, in width three, in height six or seven."

Fortunado's Character Flaw

Fortunado was chained to a wall in the Catacombs and buried alive because he had previously insulted Montresor. He was led into this situation because he let his pride get the best of him and he was too self-centered to think anyone knew wine better than him.