Examples Of Irony In The Cask Of Amontillado

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Bitter Sweet Revenge A friend is someone that should be trusted, but what happens when that trust no longer exists? In “The Cask of Amontillado” written by Edgar Allan Poe, Fortunato is going to discover the answer. In the beginning of the story, Montresor seems quite affable, but later on the reader endures many twists and turns. Could all of the abomination be something that only Montresor understands? In divergent ways, both of these men are connoisseurs, yet both endure disposition that will lead to a devastating ending. Edgar Allan Poe’s use of dialogue contributes to the understanding of the two men. Although Fortunato and Montresor are viewed differently, they both are eager to accomplish the same thing in life; to fulfill the taste for something long overdue. Poe has an articulate way of carrying literary elements throughout the story, the theme of suspense and revenge, is vindicated with the use of irony. “The thousand injuries of Fortuanto I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge” (paragraph 1). The first sentence supports the…show more content…
In “The Cask of Amontillado” irony, is present. An example of dramatic irony occurs when Montresor sees an intoxicated Fortunado, who is dressed in a motley, on carnival. Adding to the dramatic mood, Poe named the character Fortunato, which means, fortunate, blessed, happy. The irony comes into play when Fortunato’s wretched fate is revealed. Poe’s inventive use of verbal irony is seen when, Montresor suggests to his friend that he should go home because of his cough, Fortunato responds, “I shall not die of a cough.” Montresor then replies, “True-true.” In another use of verbal irony, Fortunato uses “Ignoramus” to describe Luchresi; however, it is Fortunato who is ignorant of what is happening to him. Montresor has given Fortunato many of chances to go freely, however since he is intoxicated, he fails to realize that he has the freedom to
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