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The Cask of Amontillado

What is 'The Cask of Amotillado' about?


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It is about a man named Montressor, who was insulted by another man named Fortunato, who is equally as rich as he is. He decides to take revenge on Fortunato by using Fortunato's weakness ---- his pride in being an expert on wine. He tells Fortunato he has a bottle of Amontillado but isn't sure if it's real or a fraud. Montressor brings Fortunato into his basement where all of his dead ancestors are buried and where his wine cellar is. Montressor repeatedly says that Fortunato is too sick to go into the basement and insists that another friend can go down into the basement to check if the Amontillado is real. Fortunato refuses and is tricked into a corner deep in the basement. Montressor chains Fortunato to the wall and builds a brick wall sealing Fortunato in the basement. Montressor's code of arms says says "We will not be without revenge." Fortunato dies behind the wall and is never found again. Supposedly it is a partially true story because during Poe's era, they found a body chained to a wall in a wine cellar in the same area this story took place.