This discussion board is worth 12 points. Refer to the


This discussion board is worth 12 points. Refer to the discussion board rubric.   Please remember the Thursday/Sunday rule:  initial posts due Thursday nights; responses due Sunday nights.

Your initial post is due by Thursday night, February 3, 11:59 p.m. CST.  Two responses to classmates’ initial posts are due by Sunday night, February 6, 11:59 p.m. CST.

For your initial post, thoroughly answer the following questions about “Cask of Amontillado” and “The Man in the Well”: 

1.  Although the man in the well appears to be in the well accidentally and Poe’s Fortunato was confined in the wall on purpose, presumably the man in the well and Fortunato both die.  Montresor, obviously, murdered Fortunato in “cold blood.”  How might the children be seen as equally culpable as Montresor?

2.  In both stories, the victims plead with their nemeses.  Are they using the right strategies?  Could the man in the well and/or Fortunato have said anything differently in order to change their fates?  If you were these characters, what would your argument be to get out of the predicament?


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