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    part due a change in religious practices from pagan to Christian. Funerary practices are a physical way to document the changes that occur in the society, and the Domitilla Catacombs is an example of this transition from pagan to Christian religion within ancient Rome. Through this religious shift, the Domitilla Catacombs experienced a physical alteration that is evident through the addition of a basilica and early Christian art found in the catacombs. These Christian aspects are in conversation with the older pagan characteristics of the catacombs and illustrate a shift the catacomb underwent transitioning from pagan to Christian during the third century AD. Christianity spread to Rome during the first century AD, threatening the Roman culture…

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    in "The Cask of Amontillado" is the setting. It takes place in a creepy, underground catacomb in Italy during carnival season. The setting of the story is ironic. During carnival season, everyone is dressed up and celebrating while Fortunato is blindlessly being lead towards his point of no return. Carnival season, similar to today’s mardi gras located in New Orleans, Louisiana, is the perfect time to commit a crime because everyone in the area is drunk or too busy partying to notice one’s…

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    Montresor's Conversations

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    his family’s motto is “Nemo me impune lacessit” which translates to no one provokes me with impunity. Meaning that no one can provoke me without punishment. This all further concretes the fact that Fortunato will suffer from a terrible fate down in the catacombs. The setting of this story also foreshadows the impending doom to come. In the beginning of the story, Montresor first encounters Fortunato at a festival. Fortunato is drunk, sick (with a cold), and dressed in a silly manner similar to…

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    is vicariously “live” the story through the first person narrator. Poe wrote “The Cask of Amontillado” in 1846; it follows Montresor, a man who lives by the motto Nemo me impune lacessit or no one insults my impunity. He is a very cold and calculating man, who plans out his attack on Fortunato by getting him drunk and bringing him to the catacombs in the promise of fine wine, where he has a trowel, and cement blocks at the…

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    uses his costume as irony to deceive Fortunato. He is dressed as the opposite of himself; underneath, planning a horrendous murder. The irony of his costume shows how the meaning of it is one that Fortunato cannot see, adding to the theme of hidden meaning. Cornaby, 2 Besides costumes, the setting of the Catacombs is ironic. To Fortunato, the Catacombs are a place for…

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    story “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe (1846), is a tale about revenge. The narrator, Montresor, has vowed revenge against Fortunato for insulting him. “[…] but when he [Fortunato] ventured upon insult I vowed revenged” (Poe 1). As the story develops, it really seems as though Montresor was able to commit the perfect crime. He ends up getting away with his thorougly planned, premediated crime, and faces no repercussions. He knew exactly when, where, and who to kill. To begin, this…

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    By planning to kill Fortunato, and carrying out the plan, Montresor deserves to be penalised in court with the sentencing of 1st degree murder by Illinois law of the year 2011. In the text, it is shown that Montresor plans to kill Fortunato when he carries a trowel to the catacombs in order to seal Fortunato in the walls. By Illinois law he is guilty of 1st degree murder because “...the murder was committed in a cold, calculated and premeditated manner pursuant to a preconceived plan.”…

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    Fortunato Symbolism

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    in a way one would expect when reading Poe’s work: fearful in suspense and as always, intrigued by his writing style. During a carnival, Montresor tells Fortunato, a wine expert, of a particular type of wine he has acquired. However, he is unsure of the type of wine and seeks Fortunato’s expert opinion. Fortunato insists on showing Montresor where Amontillado, a rare Spanish wine awaits. The two continue through the catacombs of Montresor’s family along a long, damp passageway until they reach…

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    Fortunato into believing that he has come across a large wine barrel full of Amontillado. With Amontillado being so rare, Fortunato says that he wants to be the one to inspect the barrel. While navigating through Montresor’s family vault, Montresor continuously offers Fortunato different types of wine. By the time the duo is where Montresor has lead Fortunato to believe the Amontillado is, Fortunato is very intoxicated. While Fortunato is being bricked into one of the recesses in the catacombs,…

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    dark, let alone a whole narrative based upon a plot to secretly murder a person. What really adds that extra layer of creepiness in this tale of murder is the actual description and imagery used to describe the catacombs the two characters dwell into. “We had passed through long walls of piled skeletons, with casks and puncheons intermingling, into the inmost recesses of the catacombs” (108-109), Is the description used to create a visual pictures of the beginning of the catacombs. The sense…

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