“The Cask of Amontillado” has a frightening fixation on death, corpses, and bones. Edgar Allan Poe’s last short story, written only a few years before his death, is a precise and compact expression of anxieties concerning mortality. But don’t worry – Poe injects plenty of humor into all the doom and gloom. And in the end, we all feel a little happier to be alive.
It’s ironic that, for Montresor to enjoy his own life, he has to take Fortunato’s.