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Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, – October 7, ) was an American author and poet; his short stories include “The Fall. Play full-length songs from Chapter 7 – el Tonel de Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe on your phone, computer and home audio system with Napster. El Barril de Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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He claims that he feels sick at heart, but dismisses this reaction as an effect of the dampness of the catacombs.

Terror of the Soul”. Wikisource has original text related to this article: Its Cultural and Historical Backgrounds”. His house had once been noble and respected, but has fallen slightly in status. Historically, Massie had been killed in a sword duel on Christmas Day by Lieutenant Gustavus Drane, following a dispute during a card game.

Cecil also suggests that some people might feel Fortunato deserved to be buried alive ell wasting a bottle of fine wine. Moffitt Cecil ce Texas Christian University argues that his actions in the story make that assumption questionable. Many commentators conclude that, lacking significant reason, Montresor must be insanethough even this is questionable because of the intricate details of the plot.

The Cask of Amontillado – Wikipedia

Immurementa form of imprisonment, usually for life, in which a person is placed within an enclosed space with no exit, is featured tobel other works by Poe, including ” The Fall of the House of Usher “, ” The Premature Burial “, ” The Black Cat “, and ” Berenice “. University of Illinois Press, It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong”.


Retrieved 20 June In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikisource. Fortunato enters drunk and unsuspecting otnel therefore, does not resist as Montresor quickly chains him to the wall.

During their walk, Montresor mentions his family coat of arms: Montresor then declares that, since Fortunato won’t go back, Montresor must “positively leave” him there. Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature. John Stott, Wmontillado Winter In Poe’s story, for example, Fortunato makes reference to the secret society of Masonssimilar to the secret society inand even makes a gesture similar to one portrayed in it was a signal of distress. Retrieved from ” https: Though Fortunato is presented as a connoisseur of fine pooe, L.

Poe may have also been inspired, at least in part, by the Washingtonian movementa fellowship that promoted temperance. Further inspiration for the method of Fortunato’s murder comes from the fear of live burial. Like several of Poe’s stories, and in keeping aklan the 19th-century fascination with the subject, the narrative revolves around a person being buried alive peo in this case, by immurement. Archived from the original on Its plot was convoluted and difficult to follow, but made references to secret societies and ultimately had a main theme of revenge.

At one point, Fortunato makes an elaborate, grotesque gesture with an upraised wine bottle. The Edgar Allan Poe Review.

El Barril de Amontillado

Fortunato, as his name would seem to indicate, has been blessed with good fortune and wealth and is, therefore, viewed as unrefined by Montresor; however, this lack of refinement has not stopped Fortunato from surpassing Montresor in society, which could very well be the “insult” motive for Montresor’s revenge.

Without a detective in the story, it is up to the reader to solve the mystery. Montresor even imparts this blame to Fortunato when he states, “You are rich, respected, admired, beloved; you are happy, as once I was”. Montresor lures Fortunato into a private wine-tasting excursion by telling him he has obtained a pipe about gallons, [1] litres of what he believes to be a rare vintage of Amontillado. He proposes obtaining confirmation of the pipe’s contents by inviting a fellow wine aficionado, Luchesi, for a private tasting.


Edgar Allan Poe, A to Z: Additional scrutiny into the vague injuries and insults may have to do with a simple matter of Montresor’s pride and not any specific words from Fortunato. The Black Cat and Other Plays: Poe responded with “The Cask of Amontillado”, using very specific references to English’s novel.

This parody of Poe was depicted as a drunkard, liar, and an abusive lover. Cecil also states that a true wine connoisseur would never sample wine while intoxicated and describes Fortunato as merely an alcoholic.

An otnel legend holds that the inspiration for “The Cask of Amontillado” came from a story Poe had heard at Castle Island South BostonMassachusettswhen he was a private stationed at Fort Independence in Many periods in Poe’s life lack significant biographical details, including what he did after leaving the Southern Literary Messenger in Poe thought that one of English’s writings went a bit too ds, and successfully sued the other man’s editors at Amonyillado New York Mirror for libel in At first, Fortunato, who sobers up faster than Montresor anticipated, shakes the chains, trying to escape.

Some context is provided, including Montresor’s observation that his family once was great but no longer soand Fortunato’s belittling remarks about Montresor’s exclusion from Freemasonry.