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i need to know what the cast of amontillado is about like what writting style and how did the narrorator killfortuanto and stuff like that

-- Anonymous, November 05, 2002


First, it is not "cast" but "cask"! And why you dont read the story by yourself. It's just three pages...

-- Anonymous, November 07, 2002

"The Cask of Amontillado" is about a man that wants to seek revenge on a friend that has done something very bad to him. He tricks his friend, Fortunato into going down with him into the catacombs, to taste the wine. When he gets him down there, he gets him really drunk. Then, he seals him up in the walls and covers the openings with bricks and mortar. Then, he leaves him there to die.

-- Anonymous, December 03, 2002

There ain't no need to be lazy just read the story your danm self. I mean since im jus like u ima tell u a little about the story playa.... not

-- Anonymous, January 21, 2003

I did read the story but I did not understand it that's why I asked this question. So don't tell me that I didn't read because I did. And I feel like I shouldn't be questioned if I need help.

-- Anonymous, March 18, 2003

if you want to be lazt go for it

-- Anonymous, April 07, 2003

jz read the damn story and ask your teacher idiot

-- Anonymous, April 25, 2003

This site may help you: http://www.poedecoder.com/essays/cask/ It has the Summary of the story, Setting, Characters, Point of View, Style and Interpretation, Theme http://bau2.uibk.ac.at/sg/poe/works/cask_amo.html

-- Anonymous, May 11, 2003

the story was about a man that is seeking revenge on a mad and so he takes him to this place and gets him drunk on Amontillado (wine) and then traps him in a wall and then caments up the walls to let him die there

-- Anonymous, September 07, 2003

hey...i don't blame you for asking for help cuz half my class didn't understand...and our teacher told us to look it up on the internet...i also read the story and didn't get it.

-- Anonymous, September 11, 2003

It ok. I didn't understand it until I watched the movie and heard it played out loud. It didn't make any sense because I had no clue what Amontillado was..lol

-- Anonymous, September 20, 2003

you guys are too damn lazy these days...lol...i had to copy someones answer too so dont be sad...peace foxboro

-- Anonymous, September 29, 2003

The above answers give the basic idea of the story. Some summaries, though, miss an interesting point. I.e.: "... gets him drunk on Amontillado (wine)" Montresor DOES get Fortunato drunk, but on a wine more common than Amontillado; the characters never actually get to "the good stuff." In fact, the reader never really finds out if Montressor ever had any to begin with. Thus one of the ironic twists of the story, is the title itself. Same is true of the titles of some other Poe stories. He enjoyed "messin' with" his readers like that, which is why some of his work can be so much fun.

-- Anonymous, September 29, 2003

I don't give a shit. IM GAY

-- Anonymous, October 19, 2003

hi how are you ha ha ha

-- Anonymous, October 24, 2003



-- Anonymous, October 24, 2003

This book i wrote is very interesting. There are many unique words i choose to use and is sort of difficult. But, the story is still good. the story is about a man that wanted revenge on another man. The man tricks the other man into going into catacombs and locks him up to die in there. sincerly, Poe

-- Anonymous, October 26, 2003

Well i'm all crazy but i had 2 read this crAZY story..I really didn't like it.. But it was okay..I guess..Well um ...I had to write a 5 paragraph essay about it....Actually i'm doing it rite now... I need it by tomorrow.. AHHHHHHH!!!!I need help 2... :(

-- Anonymous, October 29, 2003

Sorry your getting rude answers to your post, I understand COMPLETELY what you are going through...We read this a few days ago in English and since it is written in First Person no one understood it. But out English teacher went over it with us, so I understood it after she went over it, she said yes it was VERY difficult to understand because of the writing style, and the way Poe did it, is what he is famous for... It started out Montressor wanted to get Fortunato back for an insult Fortunato placed on Montressor. Montressor runs into Fortunato at a circus type thing in Italy. When they meet Fortunato is very drunk and easy for Montressor to get him trapped. As Montressors coat of arms says No one punishes me, without being punished. Well Montressor wants Fortunato to KNOW that it is his that is going to be punishing him, without getting caught. Montressor asks Fortunato to come taste a little bit of some Amontillado (they are both wine experts by the way) to make sure it is an original. Montressor leads Fortunato to his underground vault where he has stored the wine. Fortunato had a very bad cough, and Montressor said Fortunato I think we should go back and i'll get Luchesi to come taste it..Fortunato says Luchesi is an ignoramus and doesn't know what he is talking about. Well the farther that got down into the catacombs Fortunato coughed more and more and Montressor was worried about his cough, but Fortunato was so conceited and though HMMM I might know something Montressor don't know so I am going to go down there. Well they got down to the end of the catacombs. There was this indenture in the wall where bones of people were stacked up all around. Montressor chains Fortunato to the wall and starts building bricks around him, Fortunato starts screaming, he starts building more, than Montressor stops and think no one can hear Fortunato scream, so Montressor starts to mawk Fortunato, being like no one can hear you so therefor no one is going to help you! HAHA! Well Montressor got done with the last and 11th teir of bricks and mortar and he was just about to put the last brick into place and he started to hear a laugh, Fortunato said HEHEHEE!! This is a joke ok Montressor I get it HAHAAH! Montressor said...something along the lines of You had many chances to leave, but now I must leave you here, the dead silence happens. Montressor put up the last brick, and at the end of the story it says "May he rest in peace" Maybe Montressor was feeling sorry for Fortunato...But here is a review..hope that helps!!!

-- Anonymous, November 01, 2003

Does the narrator really kill Fottunato? I ask this question because my teacher says to dig deeper into the physchology state of the character. So I hope someone can help me.

-- Anonymous, November 08, 2003

"Of all you people that wrote the review of the story, thanx because that rerally helps me understand the meaning of half of the story, now". So thx and good bye!!!!

-- Anonymous, November 12, 2003

Who is Fortunato?Who is the narrator? How does the narrator feel about Fortunato?How does the narrator act toward Fortunato?Why does Montresor want revenge?what weakness of fortunato's does Montresor take advantage of in order to carry out his plan? PLese help me find these answers.thanx.

-- Anonymous, November 12, 2003

I think this space was created to HELP people who didn't understand the story, like me, not a place to be rude and ignorant about it. Special thanks to Heidi Redmond for your explanation.

-- Anonymous, November 17, 2003

Britt Ris (ghettoqueen13b@aol.com,you are incorrect. There WAS NO AMONTILLADO. Montressor lied to Fortunato about the amontillado in order to lure fortunato into the catacombs(Fortunato is a highly respected wine taster(consieure)and montressor is also one (possible),which is were the "insult" probably originated from). You obvoiusly missed the whole entire point of the story. yes, you are semi correct on the basics. but there is more to it than just, random guy A kills random guy B. if you know anything about poe, which you don't, you would know that his stories are never straight forward. And the basics are never the true intent of the story. Also, you should realize that the story is being told 50 years later (by montressor). it is also thought that montressor may have been expressing guilt and that he wasn't actualy using reverse phsycology(as in when he tried to make fortunato leave becouse of his caugh and the damnpness of the catacomb).as for the person asking the question, try gale.net in adition to the poedecoder website that was listed earlier. They are excellent websites that not only interpret the story but give more insight than some of these brainless idiots could.

-- Anonymous, January 23, 2004

you know this message board should have stopped along time ago, but you all continue to post dumb and brainless remarks. the shortest answer would be to just answer the question and STFU.oh and thanks Heidi Redmond for the correct way to post HELPFUL replys.

-- Anonymous, February 18, 2004


-- Anonymous, March 15, 2004

man, I'm writting a 3 page essay on this crap. This story really sucks.. to be honest.

-- Anonymous, March 25, 2004

This story seems to be a nice one. The narrator uses a lot of techniques like when Montrisor(the narrator) tricks the house attendents. The diabolic narrator of this story vowed revenge against Fortunato. That is why he had able to develop a perfect place...... This story is also full of ironies and symbolism.

-- Anonymous, April 18, 2004

its a revenge story and very well planed out murder of a man basically its a great story i had to read it once and i understod it bascially cause i read Poe so its his style of writing

read it alot until you understand

-- Anonymous, May 15, 2004

"The Cask of Amontillado" is about a man, Montresor, that wants to seek revenge on a friend, Fortundato, that has done something very bad to him. Montresor continues by explaining that what he is about to do is, what he thinks, an honorable task. Both men are fine wine connoisseurs. The story starts out during carnival in an unnamed European city. Fortunato greets Montresor heavily because Fortunato is drunk. Montresor explains to Fortunato that he has a cask of Amontillado (bottle of very fine wine) and needs Fortunato to double check to see if it’s real. Montresor explains that he was going to ask Luchesi (another wine connoisseur who is only mentioned in the story) about the Amontillado but Fortunato says that Luchesi wouldn’t know so the two head to Montresor’s “catacomb-like” wine cellar. Fortunato has a bad cough and in the wine cellar there is this mold, called nitre, that grows on the walls and makes his cough worse. As the two go farther and farther down, Montresor keeps saying to go back because of Fortunato’s cough but he persists to see the Amontillado. When the two reach the end of the catacombs Montresor tricked Fortunato to go to this one area and while he was there Montresors began to pile bricks and mortar around Fortunato to seal him in. Fortunato let out some loud screams but slowly they began to lessen in number and volume. Fortunato made no more noise.

-- Anonymous, May 23, 2004

Thanks for giving me answers it helped!

-- Anonymous, June 07, 2004

Its like trying to read poetry either you get it or you don't. It's like trying to read the Bible.

-- Anonymous, July 14, 2004

I can't believe that a teacher asked his or her students to go to the Internet to find out what this story is all about. Why didn't the teacher help the students? This is an example of all that is wrong with the Internet. It makes the students AND the teachers lazy. It's easier to just "look it up on the Internet" than it is to think about it yourself. Thinking is one of the most important elements in learning, and we're raising our kids and students to believe they don't have to think. To me that is sad and scary--much scarier than any Poe story.

-- Anonymous, July 29, 2004

omg, thank god theres internet in this world. had to like read this shit and i didnt get it, one cause im dumb , two cause it sucked like shit. i like read it till the second page and i actually fell asleep.. thats how bad it is ok. anyways.. what does "in pace requiescat" mean ? thanks to those pplz, you guys helped lots. and fo the other dumb asses, YOU go geta life.

-- Anonymous, September 13, 2004

yawl sure arnt fuckin helping! nobody understands this shit so just....chill

-- Anonymous, September 28, 2004

thanks eveyone for the summary to the story it really does help

-- Anonymous, September 30, 2004

haha... awesome story dont ya think... can barely remember wha its about thou.. and it wasnt all that confusing..

-- Anonymous, October 05, 2004

this story is awesome!!!! i mean the whole act of killing someone i revenge is greatLOL

-- Anonymous, October 09, 2004

y do we have tolearn this junk in skool? i needa no da answer 2 these 2 questions which i dont get: In what way is Fortunato (perhaps) responsible for his own fate? When is Montresor telling the story?

-- Anonymous, October 29, 2004

I thought that this was a good story..it is mostly about irony...he tricks this man that he thinks has been ruining his life forever to go down to the catocombs(don't know how to spell it) while he is already drunk. He chains his up to this small opening in the wall and seals him in there with bricks and leaves him there to die...before he leaves he says "rest in preace". But that is just my summary the story is way better when you read it your self!!

-- Anonymous, November 01, 2004

for all u guys who need the irony part for this story ----

"Cask of Amontillado" remains the only story by Poe to rise to the level of "great" literature. It was his last major work, and he threw into it all the skill and know-how he had gained from years of short story writing. It's an excellent tale, well told.

Though this is a tale about pride and revenge, it is most strongly a story about irony, which deeply relates to both the "pride" and the "revenge" themes. Among the many ironies of the tale are three which prove quite striking. The first is evident from the beginning lines:

The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge. You, who so well know the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that I gave utterance to a threat.

These lines are being delivered by the Narrator, Montressor, to his confessor, an unnamed priest. The confessor is the "you" of the second line: "You, who so well know the nature of my soul...." The irony is that Montressor, on his death bed, recalls the old rivalry with Fortunato and is supposed to be confessing and repenting. Yet, what he does in the course of the "confession" is to reveal that he is not contrite (sorrowful) at all; rather, he remains pleased at himself that he was able to dispose of his enemy so cleverly. His sense of pride overcomes his contrition. He certainly does not deserve absolution for his sin, which means that he, Montressor, will be the one who, in the end, suffers the confinement of burial alive ... in Hell (a theme Poe had introduced in his earlier "The Raven" poem).

A second irony is evident in the names of the two main characters: Montressor and Fortunato. Take a look at the latter name. It is obviously a play on the words "the fortunate one." Yet, when we read the story we wonder: How can this fellow who gets buried alive, walled up in Montressor's catacomb-like wine celler, be "the fortunate one." Of course, the irony is that Fortunato is well named after all. He is the one who receives absolution; he is the one who will attain release, Heaven. It is Montressor who will gain Hell, which Poe would remind us is a place of dark confinement similar to being walled up in a wine celler. Remember when Fortunato says: "Enough ... the cough is a mere nothing; it will not kill me. I shall not die of a cough." to which Montressor replies "True -- true." The irony is that Fortunato is speaking a truth he cannot realize, as he is unaware of the plans of the devious plotting Montressor. Yet, it is important to remember, too, that Fortunato does not die as intended. He is spared the long, horrible ordeal of suffering a slow death of starvation and deprivation when he dies suddenly, possibly of a heart-attack, an event which robs Montressor of his fuller enjoyment of his crime. In the end, the entire exercise of walling up Fortunato proves to be in vain, and the only one who suffers at length is Montressor -- another of the ironies.

Another passage of implicit irony occurs when the two men discuss Montressors' coat-of-arms. The Montressors' arms is described as "A huge human foot d'or, in a field azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel." And the motto is "Nemo me impune lacessit," Latin for "No one harms me with impunity," or "Nobody hurts me and gets away with it." Note that Fortunato implies he has forgotten the sign of the arms. This is, of course, an insult to Monstressor. And the arms portends Fortunato's punishment for the insult, but it isn't all that simple. It's easy to assume Fortunato is the foot which is crushing the snake (Monstressor), but the irony is that the coat-of-arms presents a circular argument, and Fortunato may well be the snake which is being crushed, but which is biting, fatally, I suggest, the heel that crushes it. Montressor does not escape from his crime. It goes on to haunt him, and the story is the very haunting. That even on his death bed, when he should express sorrow, he cannot. Every detail of the murder is still startlingly clear in Montressor's memory. And when Fortunato replies "Good!" upon hearing the motto, he is confirming that the motto works equally well for him, another irony in this story filled with ironies.

Montressor's revenge is, ironically, no revenge at all. Fortunato is the one who buries Montressor alive (in the double sense that he is haunted his entire life by the unsatisfying crime and loses his soul in the process, to be condemned to the eternal dark pit of Hell). Fortunato is spared all suffering, while the suffering of Montressor lingers (a suffering caused by Montressor's denied satisfaction of vengeance, due to Fortunato's premature death). Montressor's circular coat-of-arms proves ironically telling, as does the motto, which in the end proves a lie, as it more aptly applies to Fortunato than to Montressor.

Montressor's pride is misplaced. His coat-of-arms is an indictment against himself and his family, his motto is a lie, his great plan of revenge falls way short of proving satisfactory, and the very pride by which he defines himself leads to his destruction and condemnation. It is an irony that such pride proves so foolish under the circumstances; Montressor has pride in all the wrong things.

Thus, irony remains the strongest theme of the story, a theme that resonates from the very title of the piece: "A Cask of Amontillado." There is no cask of Amontillado, there is no fulfillment of wine. Nor is there any meaning or fulfillment in Montressor's pride or in his crime. All is as absent as that nonexistent cask of wine.

just so you know, i didnt write this stuff, got it from a site! major propz to the author! hope this helps though!


-- Anonymous, November 01, 2004

thanx so much 4 helping with the irony stuff...i hope i get a good grade on this ws

-- Anonymous, November 01, 2004

i don't know

-- Anonymous, November 18, 2004

Ok..people i dont get why you must go on here and make fun of the people that actually need help and want to do good...this story is very great and a wonderful piece of writing.. Edgar Allan Poe was a great writer and all of his stories were great...Now for the story its about a guy(montresseur) and he wants to get revenge on his aquaintance(fortunato) because he has insulted him one to many times hne lures him into the catacombs by using fortuantos only weakness and that is expensive itallian wines!while under he keeps giving fortunato the chance to go back thus the irony part he gave fortunato a chance to escape what was to happen! when they get to the space that montressur had preparred forunato was so drunk he didnt know what was going on...this last part is the hardest part of the story...he chains fortuanto up and then he starts to add the bricks near the 11th teir fortunato realizes whats to happen and asys for the love of god...ironic alos because (they are underground near so many dead signifying hell and the devill and also because god had left his side and left him to this unfortunate fate) now...when he throws the torch in this is to ignite the nitre and make his cough worse! then he leaves after the jingling of the bells (signifying happiness and life) he leaves and is feels sick onlyu because of the dampness not beucase he feels bad after all fortunato deserved it right? well i hope that this helps and if you think youve got it bad writing a sumarry i have to make my own poem out of the story :( plz e-mail soon if uyou have any suggestions!

-- Anonymous, December 04, 2004

Its about a guy who kills another guy

-- Anonymous, January 22, 2005

i need some with this story too, "what does the coat of arms symbolize?" can anyone help

-- Anonymous, February 01, 2005

if you do post a question, i think why people are so rude in replying is because you only ask a question. It doesn't seem like anyone has read the story. Explain what you think so far and then ask for help. Don't just ask specific questions and have someone else do the research for you. there are many different elements to this story so I can understand how someone can get lost in the details but please try to explain it first then see if anyone can further what you think. It is not a hard story. Just dive in and learn something. take notes and read carefully... read it a few times and then if you still dont get it ask the questions and also explain what you think.

-- Anonymous, February 15, 2005

whay is the symbolism of the catacombs?

-- Anonymous, February 24, 2005

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