Plot

The plot of The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe can be summarized as follows: a man takes revenge on another man who has offended him by luring the man into the family vault to taste some wine and then walls him up.

Title

The title of the shorts story - “The Cask of Amontillado” - literally means a small barrel of sherry wine from a region in Spain called Montilla, which is usually rarer and harder to find. This may mislead readers to assume the action may take place in Spain, but the events are in fact set in Italy. Furthermore, the title does not reveal anything about the plot. After reading the story, it is revealed that the cask of wine was used as a trap for a revenge murder the narrator committed. The title also gains symbolic values at th...

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