The Cask of Amontillado and Hills Like White Elephants

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Analysis of “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe & “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemmingway

Analysis of “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe

“The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe, is a short story about a man named Montessor who gets revenge on one of his “friends” named Fortunado by trapping him and burying him alive.
Setting: Two kinds
Plot: Man gets revenge on his “friend”
Characters: Montresor, Fortunado, Montresor’s family, and Luchesi
Setting: An underground catacomb, somewhere in Italy, during the carnival season
Time: Over two days
Conflict: For Montresor to revenge himself for Fortunato’s insult, he has to get away with it – if Fortunato can revenge him back, then Montresor has lost. The punishment must be permanent − Fortunato has to feel it, and he has to know it’s coming from Montresor.
Resolution: The satisfaction of the death of Fortunado
Narrative point of view: First person, Central (Montresor)
Literary devices: Repetition- "Amontillado" - This shows Fourtunato's doubt about the wine being Amontillado. Dialect- "I will not impose upon your good will." - The way the character talks suggests that they are in the past and educated. Onomatopoeia- "ugh...ugh, ugh...ugh." - instead of just saying that Fortunato had a cold or was sick, the author used onomatopoeia to show the reader that he had a cough and was very ill.


At the end of the story The Cask of Amontillado, by Edgar Allan Poe, we find Montressor and Fortunato inside the former's (Montressor's) catacombs in a quest for a cask of Amontillado wine, which is quite precious and is one of the very rich possessions of Montressor. This wine is meant as bait for Fortunato--a man who enjoys his drink--since Montressor is planning his horrid murder. Therefore, Montressor wants Fortunato to be drunk with wine so that…...

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