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The Cask of Amontillado. Written by Edgar Allan Poe. Preclude retribution Accost Afflict Explicit Recoil Terminate Subside Cask Amontillado Palazzo Impose endeavor immolate impunity succession obstinate connoisseur.

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The Cask of Amontillado

Written by

Edgar Allan Poe


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Preclude retribution

Accost Afflict

Explicit Recoil

Terminate Subside

Cask Amontillado

Palazzo Impose

endeavor immolate

impunity succession

obstinate connoisseur

Please copy down these vocabulary words in your notebook under the heading of “The Cask of Amontillado” Vocabulary- use the dictionary to define- you may work in pairs.

Selection Support Book pages 1 and 2 – you may work in pairs

Morning Assignments


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Build Grammar Skills

  • Pronouns help writers avoid repeating names. The use of pronouns is especially important in this story because there are only two characters. Pronoun case refers to the different forms a pronoun takes to indicate its function in the sentence.


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Pronoun Case

  • refers to the different forms a pronoun takes to indicate its function in the sentence.


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Subjective Case Pronoun

  • I, we, you, he, she, it, they are used when the pronoun performs the action

  • It is I.


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The Objective Case

  • Me, us, you, him, her, it, them

  • is used when the pronoun receives the action of the verb or object of a preposition

    • Subject ob. of prep.

  • In this respect I did not differ from him materially.


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    • Please place your homework assignments on the front table (journal writing)

    • In your notebook, answer the following prompt. You must answer in complete sentences and in a full paragraph.

    • A catacomb is an underground cemetery or crypt. There are recesses for placing bodies of the dead. For your journal, imagine how your five senses might react in an underground cemetery. For starters, it is dark and damp..


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    Today’s Assignments (journal writing)

    • Please place your homework assignments on the front table (journal writing)

    • Read information about Edgar Allan Poe pg. 2 in Textbook

    • Background and understanding

    • Literary focus : Mood


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    Plot (journal writing)

    • The plot is quite simple. The first-person narrator, whom we later discover to be named Montresor, announces immediately that someone named Fortunato has injured him repeatedly and has recently insulted him.

    • Montresor can stand no more; he vows revenge upon Fortunato. The remainder of the story deals with Montresor's methods of entrapping Fortunato and effecting his revenge upon the unfortunate Fortunato.

    • Foremost is the fact that Montresor has never let Fortunato know of his hatred.


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    Setting (journal writing)

    • The story begins around dusk, one evening during the carnival season (similar to the Mardi Gras festival in New Orleans) in an unnamed European city. The location quickly changes from the lighthearted activites associated with such a festival to the damp, dark catacombs under Montressor's palazzo which helps to establish the sinister atmosphere of the story.


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    Characters (journal writing)

    When the two meet during the carnival season, there

    is a warm greeting with excessive shaking of hands

    which Montresor attributes to the fact that Fortunato

    had been drinking. Montresor also appears to be

    "happy" to see Fortunato since he is planning to

    murder him. Fortunato's clown or jester's costume

    appears to be appropriate not only for the carnival

    season but also for the fact that Montresor intends to

    make a "fool" out of him.


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    Point of View (journal writing)

    • Poe writes this story from the perspective of Montresor who vows revenge against Fortunato in an effort to support his time-honored family motto: "Nemo me impune lacessit" or "No one assails me with impunity." (No one can attack me without being punished .)

    • Poe does not intend for the reader to sympathize with Montresor because he has been wronged by Fortunato, but rather to judge him.

    • Telling the story from Montresor's point of view, intensifies the effect of moral shock and horror. Once again, the reader is invited to delve into the inner workings of a sinister mind.


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    Style and Interpretation (journal writing)

    • Poe's story is a case of premeditated murder.

    • The reader becomes quickly aware of the fact that Montresor is not a reliable narrator, and that he has a tendency to hold grudges and exaggerate terribly.


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    Assignment (journal writing)

    • Page 10 of your textbook, please complete the Journal Writing and Comprehension questions.

    • On page 11, complete Critical Thinking #1-7.


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