The Cask of Amontillado Study Guide

The Cask of Amontillado Study Guide

Original title:
The Cask of Amontillado
February 2nd 2004 by BookSurge (first published November 1846)
Italy, 1700
ISBN 1594561869 (ISBN13: 9781594561863)

The father of detective genre, Edgar Allan Poe, is known and loved for his short stories that keep the reader in suspense till the every last page. “The Cask of Amontillado” is surely one of the most popular among one of them. In 1846 it was published in a lady’s magazine but was highly acclaimed by the audience of all genders, ages, and ethical origins. 

The master of horror and detective stories, Mr. Poe, knows how to impress not only with a smart and witty plot but also with a wonderful ability to keep the suspense going and create a special ambiance. The story is happening in a midst of a carnival, which creates a very special atmosphere. The whole city is involved in it: full streets of houses were abandoned, all servants left, the time has stopped. 

In a middle of a loud and chaotic celebration, a cold-hearted revenge is taking place. At the beginning of the book, Montresor explains that his neighbor, Fortunato severely insulted him and he will never forget it. So the long quest for delicate but cruel revenge begins. 

He lures the enemy with something Fortunato really likes – Montresor lies that he’d bought some nice Amontillado wine and invites his nemesis to try it. As the couple is going deeper and deeper into the cellar, their dialogues become more and more somber. Through these talks, we discover the dark nature of human personality and hard feelings.

The book isn’t just about revenge, even though it plays an important role. The text constantly provokes thoughts about the nature of revenge: what is its purpose, who benefits from it, what it gives to the insulted one? Is it possible to be happier after it? The author doesn't give an answer; it’s up to you to decide for yourself. 

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