The Cask of Amontillado Essay

1. How does the author desire the reader to feel while reading “The Cask of Amontillado”? I think the author desires the readers to feel suspense and anxious to know what’s going to occur next. I felt anxious trying to figure what Montresor was going to do to Fortunato, I didn’t anticipate him to intoxicate him with white wine and basically bury him alive.

2. What strategies does the author usage to help you imagine the location, individuals, and the events that are occurring within the story? The author describes everything very well.

He describes what Fortunato is using, he describes the vaults and what is inside and around them, the stench inside the vaults, and he uses many adjectives and uses images.

3. How has the author described the characters to make them look like real people? Throughout the narrative the author describes what they are wearing and how they are feeling.

4. Does the author expect the reader to make an emotional connection to the story? Describe your answer. I do not believe so, I could never give somebody vengeance even if they have actually been insulting me for so long. However I think if you have actually had previous bullying of such kind then you would desire revenge. Towards the end though I did have a psychological connection since Montresor felt guilty of what he was doing to Fortunato and I felt bad for Fortunato also.

5. Think back to the events that occur in “The Cask of Amontillado,” and consider the attitudes and actions of the characters. Now, compose a theme statement for “The Cask of Amontillado.” I believe that a good theme statement would be that revenge is not always the proper way to manage things. Because Montresor was killing his buddy, he felt guilt.