Why Don’t I Pour You Another Glass of Wine?: Irony in Edgar Allen Poe’s “Cask of Amontillado” “I drink,” Fortunato says, “to the buried that repose around us.” To which Montresor replies “And I to your long life.” This is coming from the man that is about to chain and bury his friend alive in an underground crypt. Edger Allen Poe’s short story “Cask of Amontillado” is filled with much irony from Fortunato’s name to how he is being lured down to the catacomb. The leading character and narrator of the story is a man named Montresor. He is a very calculating and vengeful man. He feels that he has been wronged in some way by Fortunato, but never states why. When he is telling the story the audience finds out that it has been fifty years after the incident occurred and they can’t tell whether he is bragging or confessing his crime. “…irony fills Montresor’s narrative; his use of language and psychology is so playful that if one does not take the story too seriously one can easily find him a likable murderer” (Pepples 149) What is in a name? One of the first things to find ironic in the story is Fortunato’s name, which means “Good Fortune” and as the story unfolds it is revealed that he has anything but. Fortunato is a very trusting person. He walks and talks eagerly and easily with Montresor as they head to the catacombs, not noticing anything amiss. He is a wine taster and considers himself the best at it. Montresor has told him that he has discovered an Amontillado in the catacombs. He has also told Fortunato that Luchesi, who is Fortunato’s rival when it comes to wine tasting, will be there. This is an added insurance that Fortunato will not back out because he wants to be the first to taste the Amontillado. Fortunato is already drunk when they run into each other and Montresor states that Fortunato is very lucky to have met up with him, which we know is untrue. In this story Amontillado happens to play a very important part. Amontillado is a barrel of rare brandy. Fortunato being the “best wine taster” is very consumed with getting to the Amontillado. He is so occupied by the thought of the rare brandy that he does not even notice that Motresor is mad or upset at him. This makes him a very easy target for…
way. Through Montresor’s eyes the audience sees his plans unfold as the drunken Fortunato is whisked away from Carnival on the promise of his deepest weakness, Amontillado wine. But as the two enter into the depths of the catacombs beneath Montresor’s palazzo, one sees that Fortunato’s fortune is soon to run dry. In “The Cask of Amontillado”, Edgar Allen Poe masterfully combines the elements of fiction; yet his use of irony, symbolism and theme stand out among the rest, intertwining to create a captivating…
Analyzing theme revenge in “The Cask of the Amontillado”
The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe the central idea embodied in this literary work is revenge. Vengeance is something that is borne out of sheer anger on a person or persons due to immense insults, abuse or injury done. Revenge makes a person thoughts and action cling towards anger and hatred. Ultimately make wrong decision. Revenge is portrayed and repeated several times, In the Edgar Allan Poe’s story the author…
Dr. Kerri Allen
January 19, 2013
Summary “The Cask of Amontillado”
The narrator, Montresor, tells a story about a man who he has vowed revenge. He speaks of a noblest named Fortunato continuously throughout the narrative. Fortunato, who is very much respected throughout the Italian village, and even feared by some villagers, has insulted Montresor by an unspecified action. Although Montresor is angry and vengeful towards Fortunato, he does not let Fortunato see that…
The Cask of Amontillado
Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.
The questions below refer to the selection “The Cask of Amontillado.”
____ 1. According to Montresor, he decides to seek revenge against Fortunato because Fortunato —
attacked him with his fists
injured him more than a thousand times
stole some valuable wine from him
____ 2. According to Montresor, revenge would not be successful if he…
Eng-102 (CGA): Professor Sateriale
Formal Response 4
3 March 2013
The Cask of Amontillado
Edgar Allan Poe, an American short-story writer, essayist, and poet, published “The Cask of Amontillado” in 1846. It was his last, and some say greatest, short story. It’s a tale of revenge, death, fear, and trust set in a vast underground Italian catacomb (underground cemetery).
The whole plot deals with the inebriation and, ultimately, the live burial of the antagonist, Fortunato. The…
2/3 Language Arts
29 September 2014
Extended Response - Point of view
Question 2: How can we tell Montresor is unreliable? What is the purpose of using this type of narrator?
In Cask of Amontillado, Edgar Allan Poe uses an unreliable narrator in the form of Montresor. We can tell Montresor is unreliable by this sentence on page 174, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.” Montresor seems to exaggerate…
Revenge has been sought after for many reasons so as quirky as this one, the short story “The Cask of Amontillado”, by Edgar Allan Poe. Montresor has been hinder many times by Fortunado, so in doing so Montresor takes his revenge on Fortunado for these crimes upon him. Causing intense use of symbolism and irony throughout the Cask of Amontillado that establishes the short story as an indeed interesting candidate worthy of thorough analysis. These skillful tactics used…
English 9H, Period 2
14 October 2014
The Cask of Amontillado
Edgar Allan Poe uses irony to foreshadow, create suspense, and elicit an emotional response from the reader. In Poe’s short story “The Cask of Amontillado,” Montresor says, “My dear Fortunato, you are luckily met” (Poe 7). This phrase is used foreshadow the events to come. In this phrase, Montresor is greeting his supposed friend, Fortunato, and is saying that he is lucky to be meeting him, when in fact…
March 11, 2014
"A Cask of Amontillado"
The short story "A Cask of Amontillado", by Edgar Allen Poe, Poe takes the reader into the thoughts of a murderer for revenge. The major theme to "A Cask of Amontillado" is pride versus revenge as well as humiliation. The reader is experiencing the horror of dramatic irony that we, the audience, knows that Montresor has planned to murder Fortunado, while Fortunado does not. Personally, I can relate to Montresor…
“Araby” and “The Cask of Amontillado”: A Comparison
I found the stories “Araby,” by James Joyce and “The Cask of Amontillado,” by Edgar Allan Poe to have a similar idea behind them. They both seem to be stories involving someone manipulating the actions of another person. I will be talking about and comparing the different elements of each story and their relevance.
Both stories take place in different countries. In “Araby” the story is about a boy from Ireland. The country itself doesn’t…