Responding to Reading

Let's analize some aspects of this story, and most importantly,
the effects on you.
What are your thoughts after reading "The Cask of Amontillado"?

A few guidelines :

  • What do you find, is the most horrible image in the story?

  • Is Montresor an insane man?

  • Did you find any of the characteristic elements of a horror story that you imagined previously?

  • How did these contribute to the total effect?

  • How do you feel about the story?

Literary Concepts


Mood is the feeling created by the writer in a literary work.

The events in a story, the descriptions of those events, and the descriptions of the setting all contribute to the mood of a story.

The mood created in "The Cask of Amontillado" is one of horror. The descriptions of the catacombs - the darkness, the foul air, and the damp, nitrous walls - help produce the desired mood.

The contrast between what appears to be true and what is actually true is called irony.

Fortunato's name is ironic because this character is not at all fortunate.

Verbal irony occurs when a writer says one thing but means the other. In the story, you can find plenty of examples of verbal irony in Montresor's dialogue.

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