Cask of Amontillado

Definitions:

  1. Catacombs: ancient, human-made underground passageways or final resting place of refuges or subterranean cemeteries composed thereof.
  2. Virtuoso: Someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field.
  3. Motley: a collection containing a variety of sorts of things.
  4. Arms: The appendages of a crinoid that extend upward and outward from the body.
  5. Fettered: bound by chains fastened around the ankles.
  6. Promiscuously: In an indiscriminate manner.
  7. Impunity: Exemption from punishment or loss.
  8. Gait: Page; The rate of moving
  9. Rheum: A watery discharge from the mucous membranes.

Questions:

  1. (The Definitions Above)
  2. Anything wrong is forgotten when that person has had revenge taken upon them. It is almost wrong to let this go without getting even, so to speak.
  3. A) Montresor wished revenge on Fortunato because Fortunato gave him 1000 injuries.

B) He knew the house would be empty because he gave explicit orders to his family not to stir in the house, and that he would be back by morning.

C) The building stone and mortar were hidden in a pile of bones, which had previously belonged to humans.

  1. I see them as stone walls, similar to the insides of a pyramid. With moss dangling from the roof and cobwebs in the corners. The walls are evenly cut, like perfect smooth bricks, rather than slabs of limestone. The walls moist, with small droplets of water gathering in random places on the roof. As you walk through, the rooms are generally the same, although the further you go the more thoughts of loneliness and darkness enters your soul. Finally, the last room contains many skulls and human bones that line the walls, and many spider webs. The chains are slightly rusty, but they manage to work just fine. The mortar is chunky, like oatmeal, but eventually smooth’s out.
  2. I think that this story takes place somewhere in medieval times, possibly somewhere in either Ireland or Spain. I think this because of the talk of festivals, and houses with catacombs. In modern times, catacombs are not built with new houses, and are generally found in European areas (due to the fact Canadian natives did not use stonework to build catacombs, nor did they build catacombs at all). I think that is takes place sometime in medieval times, because of the family crest, and Latin motto. Families nowadays do not take pride in their crest and they do not have a Latin motto. This leads me to go back in time to when it was common to have said items, which is in the Medieval/Dark ages. I think that this is in Ireland, due to the reference to alcohol and wines, which are popular in Ireland. I think it is possibly in Spain, due to the Latin, because Spain was once a Latin speaking country. In addition to this, their names are not of traditional nature, but more of a medieval nature.
  3. He wants Fortunato to be drunk, and thus gives him much wine. If he is drunk, he will have a slower reaction time to being tied up, as well as being generally sloppy with movement, and this will make it easier to Montresor. It also makes you slightly happy, so he would not see an attempt to kill him, just a simple test of wine flavour.
  4. Luchresi is obviously a character whom Fortunato despises, and thus Montresor tells Fortunato “You know what, its ok, you have fun, and I’ll go ask Luchresi” Fortunato sees this as a challenge, as he has for sure the finest tongue in the village (for tasting alcoholic beverages). Whenever Montresor brings up Luchresi, it is a motivation to keep Fortunato going further into the crypt.
  5. Montresor has made sure that Fortunato is drunk. He has also prepared the lock and key, as well as the chains in the last room of the crypt, so he can quickly tie him up. He has also made sure that nobody was in the house at the time he killed the man.

10.  He does this to make it seem as though he is generally concerned for his health, simply so that he does not suspect an attack. He also does this to create a “macho” attitude from Fortunato. (when asked if he wants to leave, just for his well-being, it only makes him want to prove himself more)

12.  I think that yes, in today’s society severe cases of bullying can cause a person to wish pain and even death upon their enemy, sometimes making that thought become reality themselves. For example, the Virginia Tech Massacre, several killed because of a student that was bullied beyond his point of sanity. Counselling and talking to other people can help stop this from happening. Simply talking to a person about something that seems bad, turns out to not be so bad after all and this could save someone’s life. The guidance counsellors in the school are there for a reason, to give guidance. They can help the student face their problems from a smart perspective, and not resort to killing or inflicting pain.