could anybody explain the story of "The Cask of Amontillado" : LUSENET : The Work of Edgar Allan Poe : One Thread

I have a essay on This story. Could anybody help me by giving me a summarization of the story.

-- Anonymous, February 18, 2002


Hey Rico, The Cask of Amontillado is mostly about premeditated revenge, horror and repulsion. The main character Montresor, thinks that Fortunato should already know why Montresor wants to kill him. It isnt important that we dont know. Setting is in a catacombs. the setting and the use of setting show just how horrific the story really is. If this isnt enough for ya, I have a LOT more (poe fanatic) so just email me.

-- Anonymous, February 27, 2002

I am also a poe fanatic but i think that you should go to wysiwyg://16/ and it will give you a concise summary of the story...the plot is really very simple and if you try to ovaranalyze you might get confused...if you have any questions regarding specfic symbols and motifs used in the story feel free to e-mail me

-- Anonymous, February 27, 2002

"The Cask of Amontillado" was first published in 1846. The first- person narrator, Montresor, is unreliable and is attempting to explain his actions of 50 years before. The story begins with Montresor addressing someone familiar, who knows the "nature of my soul." He explains that he had borne "the thousand injuries of Fortunato," but finally Fortunato went too far, and he devised a plan for revenge.

Fortunato does not suspect Montresor's plan. In fact, when they meet in the street during carnival, Fortunato is very glad to see him. Fortunato is dressed like a jester, and has been drinking. Throughout the story, Montresor exploits Fortunato's interest in wine. First, he tempts Fortunato by claiming he has purchased a cask of Amontillado, which is a dry sherry, but he is unsure if its authentic. Instead of asking Fortunato directly to examine the Amontillado, Montresor says he will ask another because Fortunato is busy, thereby playing upon both Fortunato's pride and greed.

Fortunato agrees to accompany Montresor home, where the servants have all gone to enjoy the festivities. Montresor grabs two torches and leads the way into the family catacombs, which are lined with nitre and cause Fortunato to cough. Montresor says they will go back, but Fortunato wants to see the Amontillado, claiming, "I shall not die of a cough," to which Montresor replies, "True—true."

While they walk deeper into the catacombs, Montresor describes his family's coat of arms and motto, which is "Nemo me impune lacessit," or "No one insults me with impunity." They also consume more wine. When Fortunato makes a secret sign of the masons, Montresor does not understand. Fortunato asks him for a sign he is of the masons, and Montresor produces a trowel from his cloak. Although Fortunato seems to be confused, he still wants to see the Amontillado, and they continue deeper into the tombs.

At the end of the crypt, there is a room lined with bones, with a pile of bones on one side. Fortunato, looking for the cask, steps into a small interior recess, and Montresor quickly chains him to the wall, taunting him with all the opportunities he had allowed for Fortunato to back out. Fortunato, in shock, can't comprehend what is happening as Montresor uses the trowel and stone and mortar buried under the pile of bones to wall up the crypt.

Fortunato comes to his senses and begins to moan and test the chains. Montresor waits until Fortunato stops shaking the chains, then continues boarding up the crypt. He raises the torch to look inside, and Fortunato begins screaming. Montresor is shocked, and unsheathes his sword, afraid Fortunato's screams will be heard. But reassuring himself of the solid walls of the catacombs, he also begins to yell, louder than Fortunato. After this, "the clamourer grew still."

Nearing midnight, Montresor is nearly finished the wall. When there is only one more stone to be added, Fortunato begins to laugh, and says in a sad voice that he has enjoyed Montresor's joke, but it is time to be getting back to the palazzo, where his wife and others are waiting. "Let us be gone," Fortunato says, and Montresor repeats, "Yes…let us be gone." At this, Fortunato realizes Montresor is serious, and says, "For the love of God, Montresor!" Again, Montresor repeats, "Yes…for the love of God." Fortunato grows quiet at this. Although Montresor calls out to him, he hears only the sad jingling of the bells on Fortunato's jester's cap. Montresor says his heart grew sick at that sound, but explains the "dampness of the catacombs made it so." He hurriedly finishes the wall, placing the pile of bones in front. Lastly, he states, "For the half of a century no mortal has disturbed them," ending with, "In pace requiescat," or "May he rest in peace."

-- Anonymous, December 15, 2003

could someone tell me the plot(exposition,rising action,and climax)of the story,conflict(man vs. man, man vs.nature,man vs.other person),setting,mood,atmosphere,the theme and the whole psychological make-up of the characters?please email me.I need your help pls.thanks. ("pls email me until january 29,2004 pls"

-- Anonymous, January 22, 2004

what is the plot of this story?

-- Anonymous, February 26, 2004

For the love of God, this story is only 7 pages long - just read it!

-- Anonymous, June 02, 2004

"Yes," I said, "for the love of God!"

-- Anonymous, September 24, 2004


-- Anonymous, January 13, 2005

Whats funny is that everyone posts looking for answers around January February.

-- Anonymous, February 28, 2005

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