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The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe Cultural Literacy and Background for Understanding
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“…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.
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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.
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Carnival
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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.
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CARNIVAL Traditionally, the fasting during Lent involves abstaining from eating meat. Modern interpretations of fasting may involve abstaining from anything one enjoys.
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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).
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What happens during Carnival? Carnival is a time of EXCESS and INDULGENCE.
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