The Cask of Amontillado
by Edgar Allan Poe
Analysis: Three Act Plot Analysis
For a three-act plot analysis, put on your screenwriter’s hat. Moviemakers know the formula well: at the end of Act One, the main character is drawn in completely to a conflict. During Act Two, she is farthest away from her goals. At the end of Act Three, the story is resolved.
Montresor thinks Fortunato insulted him, and he vows to wreak a terrible vengeance on the man.
He lures Fortunato down underground, into the foul catacombs of the Montresor family, with the promise of Amontillado. Then he gets Fortunato really drunk.
After a long and drunken journey with lots of human remains, including piles of bones, Fortunato walks into a hole in the wall. Montresor proceeds to chain him up and brick him in. After that we learn that the whole thing actually happened fifty years ago…