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Edgar Allan Poe

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the-cask-of-amontillado-edgar-allan-poeMontresorSet on revenge, he murders Fortunato by entombing him in a crypt.The beverage serves as an enticement as well as a downfall for Fortunato.WineThe beverage serves as an enticement as well as a downfall for Fortunato.DampnessThe dark, wet crypt magnifies Fortunatos illness and increases tension.FortunatoThe proud wine connoisseur, whose name means the fortunate one,” falls for Montresors trap.MasqueradeCarnival costumes mask the dark intentions of Montresor.The Cask ofAmontilladoby the NumbersYear Poe read A Man Built in a Wall,” a story about workers who found a skeleton behind a church wall in Italy—likely inspiring The Cask of Amontillado1844Story Poe wrote about tuberculosis after his wife was diagnosed with it: The Masque of the Red Death1Years after Fortunatos death Montresor relates The Cask of Amontillado50Significant wine names offered to Fortunato: Medoc, believed to protect health, and De Grave, which means of the grave2Montresorhe thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge.A master of psychological horror,Poe wrote short stories and poems revered—and feared—by millions of readers for nearly two centuries. Much of his work, like The Cask of Amontillado” and his famous poem The Raven,” uses dark themes that toy with both the characters’ and the readers’ emotions.EDGAR ALLAN POE1809–49AuthorThemesRevengeMontresor embraces his family motto, “No one provokes me with impunity,” by seeking revengewith no remorse.Folly of PrideFortunatos interest in proving himself as a wine connoisseur gets him killed.ParadoxMontresor reacts to a slight with murder, while Fortunato—unaware of his fate— pretends a dire situation is a game.Montresor, the storys delightfully macabre narrator, plots to exact revenge against his friend Fortunato, who has wronged him. Exploiting Fortunatos fondness for Italian wine, Montresor lures the man—dressed in a jesters costume for Carnival—into a dark, damp crypt by asking him to taste a rare wine: Amontillado. Drunk and sick with a cold, Fortunato never returns.Adding Insult to InjuryMOTIFS & MAIN CHARACTERS SatireEdgar Allan Poe1846EnglishShort StoryAuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageThe Cask ofAmontilladoHorrorSources: Critical Companion to Edgar Allan Poe by Dawn B. Sova, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Edgar Allan Poe: Tales and Sketches: Volume 2: 18431849 edited by Thomas Ollive Mabbott, The Raven SocietyCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.

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