The Cask of Amontillado

By: Ben Altizer, Joe Pousard, Jared Dudley,and Sheldon Berry

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Tone

  • Definition- The writers attitude toward his or her audience and subject
  • Text- "It was in vain that Fortunato, uplifting his dull torch, endeavored to pry into the depth of the recess. Its termination the feeble light did no enable us to see"(3).
  • Explanation- The example shows tone because of the way the author words the passage. For example, he uses dark and gloomy words to create a feeling of dread and uncertainty.

Symbolism

  • Definition- An object or being that stands for a different meaning
  • Text- "A huge human foot d'or, in a field of azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel'(2).
  • Explanation- In the story, Montresors family's seal is a foot crushing a serpent whose fangs are imbedded in the heel. this symbolizes Montresor's conflict with Fortunato.

Imagery

  • Definition- A word or phrase the appeals to one or more of the five senses
  • Text- "It was about dusk, one evening during the supreme madness of the carnival season, that I encountered my friend"(1).
  • Explanation- This phrase appeals to the sense of sight. It shows how the setting looks and when it is taking place.

How and why did Fortunato die at the end?

Fortunato died by being trapped inside the catacombs without food or water. Fortunato had mocked Motresor and fell into his trap to kill him. Fortunato fell for this because of his self-pride over being the best wine taster. He had to prove that he was better than Luchesi.

What character flaw caused Fortunato to fall for Montresor's trap?

He fell for this because of his self-pride over being the best wine taster. He had to prove that he was better than Luchesi.
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