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El Barril de Amontillado

The mystery in “The Cask of Amontillado” is in Montresor’s motive for amontiklado. Wikimedia Commons has media related to The Cask of Amontillado.

Although the subject matter of Poe’s story is a murder, “The Cask of Amontillado” is eegar a tale of detection like ” The Murders in the Rue Morgue ” or ” The Purloined Letter “; there is no investigation of Montresor’s crime and the criminal himself explains how he committed the murder.

Fortunato enters drunk and unsuspecting and therefore, does not resist as Montresor quickly chains him to the wall. For se, Fortunato comments on another nobleman being unable to distinguish amontillado from sherry when amontillado is in fact amontillsdo type of sherry, and treats De Grave, an expensive French wine, with very little regard by drinking it in a single gulp.

Montresor reveals brick and mortar, previously hidden among the bones nearby, and proceeds to wall up the niche using his trowel, entombing his friend alive. Further inspiration for the method of Fortunato’s murder comes from the fear of live burial. There is indication that Montresor blames his unhappiness and loss of respect and dignity within society on Fortunato.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Literary Trail of Greater Boston. Poe thought that one of English’s writings went a bit too far, and successfully sued the other man’s editors at The New York Mirror for libel in This source has been identified as Robert T.


Montresor lures Fortunato into a private wine-tasting excursion by telling him he has obtained a pipe about gallons, [1] litres of what he believes to be a rare vintage of Amontillado.

Montresor never specifies his motive beyond the vague “thousand injuries” and “when he ventured upon insult” to which he refers. Like several of Poe’s stories, and in keeping with the 19th-century fascination with the subject, the narrative revolves around a person being buried alive — in this case, by immurement.

Cecil also states that a true wine connoisseur would never sample wine while intoxicated and describes Fortunato as merely an alcoholic. Montresor even imparts this blame to Fortunato when he states, “You are rich, respected, admired, beloved; you are happy, as once I was”.

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Moffitt Cecil of Texas Christian University argues that his actions in the story make that assumption questionable. Wikisource has original text related to this article: Angry over numerous injuries and some unspecified insult, Montresor plots to murder his “friend” during Carnivalwhile the man is drunk, dizzy, and wearing a jester ‘s motley.

Items such as bells tied to the limbs of a corpse to signal the outside were not uncommon. This interchanging of fortunes is a suggestion that, since the names Montresor and Fortunato mirror one another, there is a psychological reciprocal identification between victim and executioner.

Poe and English had several confrontations, usually revolving around literary caricatures of one another. Poe wrote his tale, however, as a response to his personal rival Thomas Dunn English. This theme is evident in Fortunato’s costume of a jester with bells upon his hat, and his situation of live tonell within amontilpado catacombs. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikisource. His house had once been noble and respected, but has fallen slightly in status.

Poe may have known bricklaying through personal experience. This parody of Poe was depicted as a drunkard, liar, and an abusive lover. Before placing the last stone, he drops a burning torch through the gap. There is also evidence that Montresor is almost as clueless about his motive for revenge as his victim.


Many commentators conclude that, lacking significant reason, Montresor amoontillado be insanethough even this is questionable because of the intricate details of the plot.

Archived from the original on New Essays on Poe’s Major Tales. Light Artillery — First Lieutenants of the 4th U. In fact, much of the amontilladp of “The Cask of Amontillado” comes from a scene in that takes place in a subterranean vault.

Fortunato goes with Montresor to the wine cellars of the latter’s palazzowhere they wander in the catacombs. A Prose Poem The Cask of Amontiillado.

Retrieved 20 June During their walk, Montresor mentions his family coat of arms: Many periods in Poe’s life lack significant biographical details, including what he did after leaving the Southern Literary Messenger in John Stott, Graham Winter It is with this converging of the two characters that one is able to see the larger symbolism of the Montresor edgad — the foot steps on the serpent while the serpent forever has his fangs embedded in the heel.

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Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature. He claims that he feels sick at heart, but dismisses this reaction as an effect of the dampness of the catacombs. The story’s narrator, Montresor, tells an unspecified person, who knows him very well, of smontillado day he took his revenge on Fortunato Italian for “the fortunate one”a fellow nobleman.

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