Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
Things to Consider:
"The Cask of Amontillado"
- Stories were designed to move beyond the simply
prevalent at the time.
- Reshaped popular themes by using exaggeration
and analysis, especially in his
stories, to illustrate the intellect's
- Insanity and the Mind of the Murderer
See Interesting Discussion
See video of story (in two parts):
- How does Montresor compare with Iago in Othello?
- With which character, if any, should the reader
- Why does Montresor seek revenge on Fortunato?
- Of what aspect of Fortunato's personality does Montresor
- How does Montresor get his servants to leave? Why?
- How is irony expressed on this page?
- What does "Nemo me impune lacessit"(26) mean?
- Who are the Masons?
- Why does Montresor tell this story after fifty years? To
whom is he telling it?
- What does "In pace requiescat"(84) mean? To whom
is this sentiment expressed?
Other Discussion Questions:
- Why does Montresor show Fortunato the trowel?
- Why does Montresor repeat everything Fortunato says?