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Tchoukanov Artur October 11 2001 The Cask of Amontillado Temperamental Montresor In The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe the setting is a crucial ingredient of the story describing a murder committed by Montresor The setting is always shifting from one location to another and is not fully detailed the reader completes the description with his imagination scaring himself even more The setting echoes Montresors state of mind The murky ambiance reflects Montresors vengeful guise and the architecture symbolises his dark and devious mind First of all the storys setting is dark and sinister which reinforces Montresors malevolent persona Montresor masterminds a plan to get revenge at Fortunato to bait hook reel him in and finish him off He uses the Amontillado wine playing on Fortunatos arrogance to bait him At this moment he needs to be deceitful This treachery is clearly illustrated by the setting It was about dusk one evening during the supreme madness of the carnival season 229 At this instant Montresor himself is crepuscular and false-hearted since he has to convince Fortunato that they are friends when in fact Montresor wants to kill him Adding to the ambiance in the middle of the story in the catacombs is their encounter with nitre that hangs from the walls like a spider web It is farther on said I but observe the white webwork which gleams from these cavern walls He turned toward me and looked into my eyes with two filmy orbs that distilled the rheum of intoxication Nitre he asked at length Nitre I replied Come I said with decision we will go back your health is precious You are rich respected admired beloved you are happy as once I was You are a man to be missed For me it is no matter We will go back you will be ill and I cannot be responsible Besides there is Luchesi- 230 In
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