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Joe Catania Professor Flynn English 102 29 February 2000 An Analysis of The Cask of Amontillado In The Cask of Amontillado Edgar Allan Poe takes us on a trip into the mind of a mad man The story relates a horrible revenge made even more horrible by the fact that the vengeance is being taken when no real offense had been given Even though this is a short story Poe creates a nightmare almost guaranteed to give the reader a sleepless night The plot of the story is simple Montresor takes revenge on his friend Fortunato by luring him into the tunnels under the family estate There he leads Fortunato into the depths of the catacombs where he buries him alive by walling him into a recess in the wall The story is told in first person from the point of view of Montresor himself The exposition of the story occurs when Montresor tells us that he wants to take revenge on Fortunato because he ventured upon insult191 We also learn that he intends to go unpunished for this act of vengeance The narrator informs us that he is going to continue to smile in Fortunatos face but use the pride his victim has in wine to lure him into the catacombs to taste some of his non- existent amontillado At this point the reader knows the conflict will be one of man versus man It is an external struggle because Fortunato and Montresor are in a life and death fight However the conflict is largely internal because Montresor has a fierce hatred that Fortunato is unaware of The narrative hook seems to occur when Fortunato follows Montresor into the vault Even if the reader was confused by the language of the first paragraph or is puzzled by the motive of the narrator heshe is curious to know what will happen next
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