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Title: The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe


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The Cask of Amontilladoby Edgar Allan Poe
  • Background for Understanding

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but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed
revenge.The Cask of Amontillado is the
narrators account or version of his ability to
carry out a creepy plot of revenge against his
offender.
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Good timing in the story allows the narrator time
to commit his revenge successfully.
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Carnival
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Carnival
  • Carnival is a secular or non-religious holiday,
    but it changed over time from the Christian
    observance known as Lent.
  • Lent is a solemn (sad and serious) forty-day
    period of fasting prior to Easter.

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CARNIVAL
  • Traditionally, the fasting during Lent involves
    abstaining from or not eating meat.
  • Modern interpretations of fasting may involve
    abstaining from or not doing anything one enjoys.

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Carn Val
  • FLESH (Meat) FAREWELL
  • In anticipation of the seriousness of Lent, the
    celebration of Carnival changed over time.
  • Participants engage in excessive and extreme
    behavior to bid farewell to meat-eating
    (and merriment).

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What happens during Carnival?
  • Carnival is a time of EXCESS and INDULGENCE.
  • BINGEING upon food and alcohol is common.

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Partying in the streets and masquerading are
enjoyed.
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The combination of alcohol and costumes creates
an atmosphere where people tend to let down their
inhibitions.
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European Carnival traditions survive in the
United States in the form of Mardi Gras.
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The Cask of Amontillado is set during the
supreme madness of Carnival. In such a
riotous atmosphere, it is easy to see how a crime
could go unnoticed.
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Lifestyles of the Rich
  • Circa 1700-1800

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The wealthy class enjoyed indulgences such as
  • Gemmary

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Painting
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Palazzos (mansions)

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Fine Wine (vintages)
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Vineyards, where the grapes for producing wine
are grown, create picturesque settings for
owners estates.
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The narrator plans for his revenge to take place
in the catacombs beneath his estate.What are
catacombs?
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Catacombs Cities of the Dead
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At a certain point in European history,
catacombs, underground burial chambers, became a
viable alternative to cemeteries.
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Catacombs are characterized by extensive tunnels
leading to chambers or recesses where the dead
repose for eternity.
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The wealthy could opt for family catacombs
beneath their estates.
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The narrator of The Cask of Amontillado carries
out his revenge within the catacombs beneath his
palazzo.
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The narrator is able to lure his victim into the
catacombs with the promise of amontillado, a fine
sherry wine.(The ls are pronounced like thels
in tortilla.)
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The supreme madness of Carnival aside, why
doesnt the suggestion of a journey to the
catacombs for a taste of wine seem odd or
suspicious to the victim?
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The Storage of Wine
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For wines to maintain their best quality, they
need to be stored at fairly cool and constant
temperatures.
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During the time period in which the story is set,
modern electric refrigeration was not available.
To protect wine collections, connoisseurs adopted
the practice of storing wines under the ground
where temperatures remain ideal year-round.
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Basements, cellars, and even catacombs serve as
excellent storage facilities for the precious
vintages.
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Herein, where wine bottles intermingle with the
bones of the dead, the narrator carries out his
plan for revenge.
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Edgar Allan Poe
  • He's father abandoned him then died-His mom went
    insane-His sister went insane-When he was
    three, he was adopted -In highschool, he did
    drugs, drank, and gambled-He married his 13 year
    old cousin Virginia when he was 26-He died at
    40, and it is unknown how he died. Many say was
    was getting drunk at a bar, then went outside
    when it was heavily snowing. Then a rabid dog bit
    him and died later.

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The Cask of AmontilladoENJOY THIS LITERARY
JOURNEY INTO THE DARK SIDE OF REVENGE!
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SourcesCoil, Suzanne M. Mardi
Gras (photos by Michael Osborne). New York
Macmillan, 1994. France A Culinary Journey.
San Francisco Collins, 1992.

Poe, Edgar A. The Cask of Amontillado
Literature. Prentice Hall Englewood Cliffs, NJ
1998.


Underground Paris The Catacombs.
www.triggur.org.
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