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The Cask of Amontillado

Edgar Allan Poe

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Book Basics

Author: Edgar Allan Poe

Year Published: 1846

Type: Short Story

Genre: Horror

Perspective and Narrator:

"The Cask of Amontillado" is told by an unreliable first-person narrator.


"The Cask of Amontillado" is written in the past tense.

About the Title:

"The Cask of Amontillado" refers to a nonexistent container of wine the narrator uses to lure a rival wine expert into a crypt so the narrator can kill him. The name Amontillado sounds similar to the Spanish verb amontonar, which means "to pile up," like Montresor did with a stack of bricks at the story's climax.

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