2What’cha know about Poe? Boston, MassachusettsAddicted to gambling &alcoholMarried his cousin, Virginia Clemm (13)Wrote dark, twisted tales
3Death is unknown – possibly alcohol, drug, or illness-related Buried in Old Westminster Burying Ground of Baltimore in an unmarked grave (later moved to the Poe Memorial Grave)The “Poe Toaster” visits Poe’s grave on birthdays and leaves a ½ filled bottle of cognac and 3 roses
4“The Cask of Amontillado” For starters… what IS amontillado?A type of wine!
6Vocabulary Catacombs Virtuoso Impunity Fettered Connoisseur Gait Long, windy underground burial tunnelsVirtuosoA professionalImpunityExemption from punishmentFetteredTo restrainConnoisseurA judge of the bestGaitA stride of walking, running, etc.PrecludedTo prevent the existence ofRetributionRevenge
7Literary Terms Vocabulary Plot Afflicated Verbal Irony Explicit Sequence of events“Cask” begins with the reader learning about the narrator wanting revenge on FortunatoVerbal IronySarcasm“And I to your long life”Montressor keeps calling Fortunato his “friend”AfflicatedTo trouble greatlyExplicitClearly developed
8Literary Terms Dramatic Irony Protagonist The reader knows what characters don’tFortunato says he will not die of a cough – we know Montresor will kill him“Nemo me impune lacessit” – no one attacks me without punishment (Montresor’s family slogan)ProtagonistThe main character (good guy)Montresor
9Literary Terms Mood Point of View The way the reader feels while reading a storyDark, gloomy, creepyPoint of ViewThe perspective the story is told fromFirst Person POV (narrator is a character in the story)
10Characters Montresor Fortunato Angry, smart, witty, seeking revenge Cocky, has money, dressed as a jester (ironic)
11Reading QuestionsWhat is the meaning of the phrase, “A wrong is undressed when retribution overtakes its redresser”?A wrong is undone with it’s solved by punishment. It is equally undone when the avenger fails to empathize with the wrongdoer. Revenge is only worthwhile when the wrongdoer feels bad for what they’ve done.Why did Montresor seek revenge on Fortunato?He received many injuries/insults.
12Reading QuestionsHow did Montresor know that the house would be empty?He told his servants to stay home during carnival. He knew they would leave because he told them he wouldn’t be returning until a day later, so they knew they could go out and he’d never know.He did this on purpose because he wanted the house empty; if he told them to go out, they would get suspicious.
13Reading QuestionsWhere had the stone and mortar, used by Montresor to wall up the entrance to the niche, been hidden?At the far end of the crypt under bones of the dead.In your own words, describe the catacombs that Fortunato is led through.Dar, dusky, moldy, moist
14Reading Questions Where and when is the story set? During carnival, possibly in Italy or Spain (not said)Why does Montresor make sure Fortunato has drunk a lot of wine?So he won’t fight as much or realize what’s going on until it’s too late
15Reading Questions What is Luchresi’s role in the story? A wine expert Montresor uses to con Fortunato into doing what he says; Montresor knows Fortunato won’t allow himself to look “slighted.”
16Reading QuestionsWhat preparations had Montresor made for his revenge?Carnival night: loud and no one would know who was missingMaterials: set up and hiddenAlcohol: had it in the tunnel so he could get Fortunato drunk along the wayStory: used a story about amontillado to lure Fortunato into the catacombsHad the house empty
17Reading QuestionsWhy does Montresor appear concerned about Fortunato’s health?He wants to appear friendly to hide his eagerness; he also wants him to suffer!Why did Montresor desire to seek revenge on Fortunato?Fortunato injured him many times.