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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 madman The story relates a horrible revenge made even more horrible by the fact that the vengeanceis being taken when no real offense had been given Even though this is a short story Poe createsa 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 luringhim into the tunnels under the family estate There he leads Fortunato into the depths of thecatacombs where he buries him alive by walling him into a recess in the wall The story is told infirst person from the point of view of Montresor himself The exposition of the story occurswhen Montresor tells us that he wants to take revenge on Fortunato because he ventured uponinsult191 We also learn that he intends to go unpunished for this act of vengeance Thenarrator informs us that he is going to continue to smile in Fortunatos face but use the pride hisvictim 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 externalstruggle because Fortunato and Montresor are in a life and death fight However the conflict islargely internal because Montresor has a fierce hatred that Fortunato is unaware of Thenarrative hook seems to occur when Fortunato follows Montresor into the vault Even if thereader was confused by the language of the first paragraph or is puzzled by the motive of thenarrator heshe is curious to know what will happen next Knowing that revenge is at hand thereader wonders what it will be Why is he taking him underground The climax of the story is when Montresor chains Fortunato to the wall and begins tolayer the bricks
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