Cast of Amontillado
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Ms. H. Hitchens
29 September, 2010
The Cask of Amontillado
A suspenseful story should have plots, that involve twists and turns, it should focus more on the events than characters. The “Cask of Amontillado” is a short story written by Edgar Poe that is built on mystery and suspension for the reader throughout the whole narration. The story is about Montresor, an Italian nobleman, who wants to get revenge from Fortunato, his friend and enemy, who insulted him in some way and in his opinion, deserves a cruel punishment. The story is told by the main character Montresor, who skillfully creates suspension by describing the eerie setting of the story using excessive descriptions of medieval catacombs lit by the faint glow of torches, remains of ancestors and archways, niches of the dark tunnels.
Montresor tricks Fortunato to think that he is taking him to his vaults to taste his great wine but he is actually luring him into his trap to get revenge. He leads him through the archway into the vaults, descending into the recesses with long walls of piled bones and casks, rows of bottles, where the air is damp and full of niter making it hard to breathe. The whole atmosphere creates a scary image of tunnels, winding deeper and deeper with no possibility of escape. Everything on their way seems to indicate to the tragedy that awaits Fortunato, the bones symbolizing his own destiny, the wine that they drink as something to taste for the last time while alive.
The author keeps the reader in suspense by giving out clues as to what to expect as the story goes. From the beginning of the story Montresor wants to take revenge and is very clear about it, but the reader doesn’t know exactly how he plans to do it. At the Carnival he accosted Fortunato with a smile on his face so Fortunato could not perceive any threat or risk to his life. The reader gets another clue of his...