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Thesis The descriptive details in The Cask of Amontillado not only appeal to the senses of the audience but also show that the narrator has a memory that has been haunted with details that he can recall fifty years laterThe vividness with which Poe transcribes his sensory experiences contributes powerfully to the response his stories invoke Fagin 202 In The Cask of Amontillado Edgar Allan Poe uses captivating images to descriptively tell a tail of revenge while appealing to the senses of the audience In The Cask of Amontillado Montressor seeks to have revenge on Fortunato for an unknown insult Montressor confesses at the beginning of the story The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge Lowell 214 Montresor wants to not only punish but punish with impunity214 The nature of this insult is not made clear however the reader is led to believe that the insult changed Montresors social status Montresor says to Fortunato You are rich respected admired beloved you are happy as once I was This leads the reader to believe that Montresor once had high social status but that status has changed due to the insult by Fortunato Fortunato entering the scene wearing a jesters costume is unaware of Montesors evil intentions of murder Montresor persuades Fortunato who prides himself on his connoisseurship in wine to go into the family vaults so he can taste and identify some Amontillado Lowell 215 Along the way Fortunato becomes extremely drunk and unaware of Montresors evil plot of murder Montresor then proceeds to lead him through the catacombs and finally buries him alive behind a wall Montresor calls to Fortunato but the only reply that he receives comes in the jingling of the bells from Fortunatos cap 222The fact that the narrator mentions the jingling of the bells several times after fifty years indicates that he is haunted with a memory
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