An Examination of "The Cask of Amontillado"

An Evaluation of "The Cask of Amontillado"

Joe Catania

Professor Flynn

English 102

29 February 2000

An Analysis of “The Cask of Amontillado

In “The Cask of Amontillado” Edgar Allan Poe requires us on a journey in to the mind of a mad

man. The story relates an awful revenge made a lot more horrible by the actual fact that the vengeance

is being taken when no real offense had received. Even though that is a short story, Poe creates

a nightmare, almost guaranteed to provide the reader a sleepless nights.

The plot of the story is easy. Montresor needs revenge on his good friend Fortunato by luring

him in to the tunnels beneath the family estate. Right now there he leads Fortunato in to the depths of the

catacombs where he buries him alive by walling him right into a recess in the wall structure. The story is told in

first person from the point of viewpoint of Montresor himself. The exposition of the story occurs

when Montresor tells us that he really wants to have revenge on Fortunato because “he ventured upon

insult”(191). We also learn that

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