Themes In Edgar Allan Poe's The Cask Of Amontillado

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1) The meaning of “Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe is the manipulation of Fortunato by Montresor using wine as Fortunato is led into the trap by Amontillado, an expensive type of wine similar to the wine sherry, and Medoc, another type of wine used to keep Montresor drunk, unable to think clearly. If it were not for the cask of Amontillado that Montresor supposedly had, Fortunato would not have gone with Montresor into his Palazzo to take look at the Amontillado which resulted in him getting chained up. Because of the Amontillado, Fortunato went deeper and deeper into Montresor 's catacombs even though he knew that the Nitrite was not good for his health. These are important since it is the baselines of the plot since if it had not been for the Cask of Amontillado, Fortunato would not have followed Montresor into the catacombs and died.

2) There are many ways that the atmosphere is crafted by Edgar Allen Poe in the short story, “The Cask of Amontillado”. The author crafts an atmosphere of loneliness and eeriness as the book states, “there were no attendants at home; they had absconded to make merry……”
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As Montresor is the one that is not drunk, he acts more normally than Fortunato would and therefore shows more character traits. For example, Montresor shows smartness as he manages to get Fortunato into chains, he also shows manipulation as he manipulates Fortunato into thinking that they are friends as Montresor is drunk for the majority of the story making the reader unable to comprehend how he would like normally when the only part in the short story “The Cask of Amontillado” that he is sober is when he has been chained up and about to be buried alive. During this part, the reader still can not understand Fortunato’s character traits as all he does is moan and trash like a normal person would do if they were to be in the same type of
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