The Cask of Amontillado

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“The Cask of Amontillado”
AuthorEdgar Allen Poe
CountryUnited States
Genre(s)Horror Fiction
Publication dateNovember 1846

“The Cask of Amontillado” is a 1846 short story by Edgar Allen Poe.



He is the narrator of the story. He's a fascinating and nuanced character whose desire for vengeance drives the plot. His family motto is Nemo me impune lacessit,[1] which translates to "no one insults me with impunity," which explains his motivation for murdering his friend.


His name means "fortunate". He is Montresor's Italian friend who is completely oblivious to his friend's revenge motive. It isn't until Montresor locks him in a crypt and begins to brick him in that Fortunato finally realizes he's been tricked. He is the antagonist of the story and loves vintage wines and carnival attire.


  1. Sipiora 2002, p. 242.