Summary Cask of Amontillado

The Cask of Amontillado is a short, fiction, horror story by Edgar Allan Poe, published in 1846. Edgar was an American poet who died at the age of 40.

The Cask of Amontillado is a short story about the narrator’s deadly revenge. Fortunato is the man in question. He was a man respected and feared with a love for wine. Fortunato, had committed an unforgivable crime, insult. This insult would be avenged and he would be punished in a gruesome manner for this. Retribution was his aim, which had to be done with caution and precision.

The narrator shared Fotunato’s passion for wine. It was the carnival season, Fortunato had been drinking heavily. The narrator approached him, both greeted each other politely. The narrator suggested he try and test a pipe of Amontillado he had received. Fortunato agreed, they both went back to the narrator’s palazzo.

He was led through the house, through to the vaults, down a long spiral staircase to the damp catacombs. There were many bones that could be seen and water dripping from the damp walls. Fortunato thought he smelt nitre, so the narrator decided to turn back, Fortunato refused, stating “it’s nothing”. The narrator insisted they turn back, “Fotunato, you are a respected, admired and a beloved man, I insist lets go back”. Fortunato refused, they proceeded further and started to drink some Medoc, they continued walking. As they proceeded the smell of nitre increased, however Fortunato insisted they continue.

As they reached the end of the crypt, Fortunato used a dim torch to see where the Amontillado was. At this point the narrator grasped him and pushed him into the granite hole, securing him with a chain. The narrator then leaves him and starts to enclose him. Fortunato can be heard moaning for several minutes. He continued to enclose Fortunato into the tomb. Much time had passed, Fortunato managed to speak and still insist they should drink the Amontillado, much to the dismay of the narrator. The narrator called again “Fortunato”, there was no answer. He hastened to finish enclosing Fortunato.