The 7 Most WTF Moments in Classic Literature

"The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe: Guy entombs his friend alive

As near as I can tell, Poe liked to write about two things. They were

  1. dead ladies (see “Berenice,” “Ligeia,” and “Eleonora”)
  2. surprise corpses (see “The Black Cat,” “The Tell-Tale Heart”)

Of the latter is a short story called “The Cask of Amontillado,” except the guy doesn’t start out as a corpse so much as he becomes one. The narrator wants revenge on his “friend” for unspecified reasons, so he does what anyone would do: he lures said “friend” into the crypt where his family is buried, chains him up, and entombs him alive. 

This is bizarre for a couple of reasons, namely 1) you spend the whole story knowing full and damn well what is going to happen, but there’s a part of you hoping it won’t, and 2) there’s no concrete explanation given as to why. We just have to assume that Montresor had his reasons and that Fortunato had it coming.

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