A Review of Bill Delaney's Criticism of The Cask of Amontillado

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In “The Cask of Amontillado,” Poe concocts what seems to be a perfect revenge, even though towards the fulfillment of the master plan Montresor (the main character) may have a bit of guilt about the ordeal. Montresor’s plan is an intricate one. Knowing that Fortunato is a connoisseur of fine wines he offers to taste test some while Fortunato is at a carnival. He also offers for Fortunato to stay at the carnival but that he would present the offer to his rival. Hearing this Fortunato exclaims that his rival would know Amontillado for Sherry and hastens to taste the wine. Using Fortunato’s love of wine against him Montresor leads Fortunato into Montresor’s family catacombs. Throughout the story Montresor gives Fortunato a chance to return to the carnival. Each time Fortunato declines and ask to press forward. At this point and time Montresor is pleased with his plans unfolding, and agrees with Fortunato each time. At one point Fortunato is coughing for over a minute because of the mold that is present in the old catacombs. Montresor stresses to Fortunato that he would not want to risk...

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