The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe – Thug Notes Summary & Analysis

What’s good y’all? This week we sip sip sippin with “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe, my man. Da narrator of this story got major beef
with some fool named Fortunato. He been burned so bad by this cat dat he ain’t bout to let it slide. Dat hater has got to go. Da narrator wanna get revenge, but he ain’t
gonna just ghost a brutha in broad daylight. So he start thinkin, “If there’s one thing I know bout dat bitch, it’s that he love to get his drink on.” So he decide to use Fortunato’s mad love for wine to GIT DAT SUCKA. So da narrator roll up to Fortunato while he shit-faced at a carnival. Boy like, “Say dawg. I got a bottle of da cleanest wine you ever seen back at my place — might even be Amontillado. If you don’t want a taste,
I guess I could sip wit my boy Luchesi…” “Yo hold up playboy — Luchesi don’t know Amontillado from his assh*le. Let’s do this.” So da narrator take Fortunato to his family
crypt, where he keep his stash of expensive bottles. But da place all full of nitre, and Fortunato start coughin like a little ol’ bitch. Da narrator like, “Look if you can’t hang, we can just forget about it.” But Fortunato like, “Naw bruh — I’m straight.” Fool straight fiendin fo that Amontillado. As they go deeper into da catacombs, da narrator make sure he keep Fortunato nice and liquored up. These vaults got dead bodies from da narrator’s
bloodline, AKA the Montresor fam, by the stack. He start talkin bout his people’s coat of arms and their hard-ass motto: “No one attacks me with impunity.” Lata, Fortunato throw up a mason gang sign,
but Montresor don’t recognize what da hell he doin. Fortunato like, “Oh, you ain’t a mason?” Montresor: “Oh fo sho, fo sho I’m a Mason.” But when Montresor can’t prove he legit, he start feelin like a real scrub. Eventually, they roll up on a little hole
in the wall, and Montressor like, “Well, there it is. Go in there and po up some Amontillado.” Since Fortunato’s wasted as hell by now, he ain’t even trip when Montresor chain his body to da damn wall. Then brutha start layin bricks, trapping Fortunato in dat baby-sized room. At first, Fortunato don’t know what da hell goin on. Just as Montresor lay dat last brick, he hear da bells on Fortunato’s hat. And fo fifty years after, Fortunato’s body still chillin in dem chains. May he rest in peace… I guess? The realest scholars be all up on this text’s nuts, sayin it’s Poe’s most perfect short story, since its strapped with irony. Fo one, there’s some dramatic irony at the core of the plot: Da reader know that Fortunato bout to get wrecked, but Fortunato ain’t got a clue what’s coming. On top of dat, Poe slangin verbal irony like he don’t give a f**k. Da name Fortunato means “da fortunate one,” and dat cat is far from lucky — unless gettin tho’d and buried alive is yo thang. Almost everything dat come outta Montresor’s mouth when he conversatin with Fortunato got a different meaning from what he actually say. Even though he want Fortunato to keep sippin his juice and cruisin deeper in to the vaults, he always saying sh*t like, “Nah, bruh — let’s go back.” “‘Come,’ I said, with decision, ‘we will go back; your health is precious. You are rich, respected, admired, beloved; you are happy as once I was. You are a man to be missed. For me it is no matter. We will
go back; you will be ill, and I cannot be responsible…’” But he know damn well dat Fortunato ain’t gonna back down, since he jonesin fo dat sweet Amontillado. Even Fortunato’s stupid ass hat got irony to it. Da last thing Montresor hear after he hole dat hater up is da jingle of them damn bells. See, back in Poe’s day, peeps would put bells on da limbs of dead rich folk so they don’t accidentally bury them alive. ‘Cept this time, when da bells start jinglin, ain’t nobody comin to help — specially not God. The last words Montresor say before he finish the wall? “Yes for the love of God!” But he sho as hell ain’t doin it for da love of God. What he is doin it for, though, is revenge. Sh*t, dat lust fo vengeance might even run through his veins. I mean, da family motto is, “No one provokes me with impunity,” or in real talk: “Don’t f**k wit me or it ain’t gonna be pretty.” Actually, da hell did Fortunato even do? Montresor never give us the lowdown. I mean, it gotta be something whack if he came up with such a crazy-ass plan to kill him. Then again, maybe Fortunato actually didn’t do sh*t. Maybe Montresor just hatin to rep them family values. Check out what some scholarly hood named Thompson say: “Montresor’s lack of remorse, then, even
after fifty years, should not be a wonder to us… He has an obligation to his family; he carries it out, with relish, and savors deeply the satisfaction that success in carrying out this obligation brings him. … [W]hat he did, he is convinced, was justified. He was carrying out an obligation to his family as he saw it — as he was culturally conditioned to see it. Now, fifty years after the event, he can recount it with pride.” All I know is dat if some fool named Montresor
come trippin to yo face, just walk away, homie. Cuz dem cats don’t play. Yo, if you’re feelin your boy Poe, then take a minute to click on this dumbass bird to be taken to my episode on “The Raven.” Catch ya later playas. Peace!

100 Replies to “The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe – Thug Notes Summary & Analysis

  1. I hope he does The Mask of the Red Death. It's my favorite Poe story! 😀 i watched all the EAP videos first.

  2. I always thought it was something trivial. Like… Fortunado threw up on his rug at a party, or didn't take his shoes off at the door, or something. Dude took himself waaaaaaay too seriously. He was looking to do anything he could to justify using his family mantra. That's what I got, anyway.

  3. i reckon a better ending for the book is that he goes back there 50 years later and hears the bells ring

  4. I dreaded this book in school, but watching this video makes the book make sense now. Lol

  5. I'm a white guy, and I got like 5 of my black friends into this shit. They've used it for community college (successfully.)

  6. anyone else peep that mason pun?
    Fortunado: oh, you're not a Mason?
    Montresor: Oh no, I am definitely a mason…
    Then he bricks him up

    (mason=secret exclusive club and someone who lays bricks or stone)

  7. There's also two more ironic elements worth mentioning. The Amontillado is mentioned like a thousand times in the story, and is even the title, but we never actually see it! Another element that puts a chilling new spin on the narrative is the niter, or rather cobwebs. Montresor mentions it like two times at least, showing it to Fortunado like it's a public attraction. Spiders weave sticky silk to trap and detain their victims. And what happens to Fortunado? That silly drunk fly gets stuck in Montresor's web, abandoned and forgotten by the world.

  8. Does anyone know what painting is the second figure based off? i know the narrator is Caravaggio's self portrait and i know i know/ have seen the other but can't place it. I feel like it's going to drive me up a wall any help would be greatly appreciated

  9. I'm sorry Ms Chen but I don't have time for this summer homework. I can't even understand half of this stuff. If you ever see this, know I'm sorry.

  10. I really enjoyed your analysis and presentation, but I wish the language was a cleaner so I could play it to my class at school. Is there a sensored version? LOL. You have style and charisma, and your analysis has some great content. You really make the story come alive. I guess I'll just have to use the video for myself and then represent the info.

  11. You explained this so well! Thank you so much because when I read it I literally fell asleep and didn't understand what was going on! Thanks for saving my English grade

  12. I just read this story and now have to retell it for a class assignment and discovered this channel in the process. This helped analyze the story more deeply and even made me like the story even more. Keep up the good work, you're gold!!!

  13. I heard a theory that the great insult was that Fortunato said he was gay. In the last scene Fortunato is chained facing away from Montresor, facing the wall basically. My English prof. believes Fortunato was violated before the brick were laid.

  14. Has anyone ever heard Basil Rathbone"s (one of the original actors who played Sherlock Holmes) dramatic readings of Poe's writings? They are absolutely fantastic, especially his reading of this story. I also really loved his readings of the poems "The Raven" and "Eldorado".

  15. Gangster, we do know what set off Montresor. Fortunato straight up insulted him.

    "THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge. "

  16. Well fellow Poe fans I'll just come out and say it: MOST MESSED UP story Poe ever written, yet brilliant. Poe isn't master of macabre for nothing.

  17. This was actually very helpful. My English homework was to read it but I did it at the last minute and didn’t really get a chance to let it all sink in. Watched this right before my test and aced it XD.

  18. I feel like this work is more of an allegory for substance abuse. Chasing that beautiful high(Amontillado) while slowly poisoning yourself. Montresor could be seen as a stand in for the devil, leading your "fortunate" soul down a path of ruin. The warning on Montresors coat of arms may as well be "Dance with the devil get burned".
    Whether or not Poe was a drug addict himself is up for debate but his work shows he understood what an addicted brain behaved like.

  19. I enjoy watching these summary’s and another persons opinion and interpretation on books I’ve read/love

  20. I enjoy watching these summary’s and another persons opinion and interpretation on books I’ve read/love

  21. I enjoy watching these summary’s and another persons opinion and interpretation on books I’ve read/love

  22. I have a huge test on this tomorrow and the book was so vague and ambiguous. This is the best explanation i've ever seen in my life. i'm definitely subscribing !!! Really did me well

  23. The icon that represents Montresor is Italian painter Caravaggio, who was known himself to be quite fond of fighting and revenge.

  24. I believe the opening scene in this story was in a confession box.
    Montressor confessing his crime on a priest after fifty years.
    Thus the first lines. Like this if you agree

  25. Hahaha, nu ma, los narra bien cagado ! He narrates it so cagado, and for those who don’t know what cagado is, well, it’s a really vulgar way to say funny/funnily. Don’t say it in your Spanish class.

  26. Wat happen 2 this guy? Does he have his own channel now like Alien Guide? Cuz i don't see him in wisecrack anymore

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