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McMaster University
Jeffery Donaldson

March 4, 2013 Cask of Amontillado: Edgar Allan Poe • with the vague nature of the opening line, we question whether Fortunato actually deserves to die, as the narrator has deemed yes ◦ asked assume he is an evil character, without much specificity, only that he has done wrong to the narrator • Fortunato is dressed like a jester, making him look like a fool ◦ something incommensurate between what happens to the victim and what he is wearing ◦ shows exaggeration Poe has created, of the conditions of the situation ◦ excess and injustice ◦ we're meant to recognize that something doesn't fit, that something scary, unreal is happening in the story ◦ not to justify something, just to show the reader something • when we hear the Cask of Amontillado, we think of the event of the murder ◦ to being bricked into a tiny space and buried alive ◦ the story opens with the narrators decision to do so ◦ the entire story revolves around, and moves inexorably toward, the impression and single unthinkable fact of this crime • the architecture of the story- heading towards a space ◦ piles of bones everywhere, as if they are descending into an actual grave, an underworld ◦ metaphorically: motif of someone descending into lower worlds • the story takes on meaning in how we are moved towards this ghastly revelation • it lies ahe
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