The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe Cultural Literacy and Background for Understanding
“…but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.” “The Cask of Amontillado” is the narrator’s account of his ability to carry out a chilling plot of revenge against his offender.
Precision in time, place, and setting preclude the idea of risk and allow the narrator both the retribution he seeks and the impunity he demands.
Carnival • Carnival is a secular holiday, but it evolved from the Christian observance known as Lent. • Lent is a solemn forty-day period of fasting prior to Easter.
CARNIVAL • Traditionally, the fasting during Lent involves abstaining from eating meat. • Modern interpretations of fasting may involve abstaining from anything one enjoys.
Carn + Val FLESH (Meat) + FAREWELL In anticipation of the solemnity of Lent, the celebration of Carnival evolved. Participants engage in excessive and extreme behavior to bid farewell to meat-eating (and merriment).
What happens during Carnival? • Carnival is a time of EXCESS and INDULGENCE.
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