'The Cask of Amontillado' and Setting
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In this article, the writer discusses that Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Cask of Amontillado" contains many ideas and items that are used as symbols for other things. Most notable, however, is the use of the setting; the carnival and the catacombs. The writer discusses how the settings and various symbols are used by Poe to convey different ideas. The writer concludes that the settings all work together to show the subtle nuances and the richness of Poe's story.
From the Paper:"The Cask of Amontillado itself is a symbol, which warns those who have wronged someone to be wary of gifts from them. Fortunato should have realized that Montresor was not going to simply overlook an insult to his family, but Fortunato, being of a good disposition and a happy nature, believed that Montresor had forgiven him, and that the Cask of Amontillado was a gesture of good faith, and the sharing of it was a present of forgiveness. Fortunato, whose name means fortunate, was not fortunate in this case. Some of the less obvious symbolism includes the parallels between 'cask' and 'casket,' relating to the wine that Fortunato would have gotten to drink and the ultimate final resting place where he ended up. Other symbols include the fact that all three names mentioned in the story, Fortunato, Montresor, and Luchesi are all related to treasure or wealth, as well as the contrast between the dankness of the catacombs and the dryness of the sherry that is also discussed."
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