Irony 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 by Edgar Allan Poe create a horrific and suspenseful masterpiece. Irony is a manner of expression through which words or events convey a reality different from a even opposite to appearance or expectation. Using such a device in the story provides us with humor and wit, making the piece more sophisticated. The sustained amount of irony is detected through style, tone and the clear use of exaggeration of Montresor, the narrator. The quote “The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive, By Robert A. Heinlein” is a great example of irony of life. The first few times irony is used in “The Cask of Amontillado”, when Montresor pretends to care for Fortunado. Montresor uses ironic remarks to Fortunado time after time; Montresor said “Have a long life Fortunado. To illustrate this, Montresor tries to convince Fortunado to go to the catacombs to he can seek out his revenge and kill him. “’My friend, no, I will not impose upon your good nature’” (Poe 213). This is an example of verbal irony because Montresor says he does not want to impose, or take advantage of Fortunado. The audience recognizes that this is not true and in fact, it is the opposite that is true. The reader knows that Montresor wants to take advantage of Fortunado because he wants to lure him down, and kill him. Therefore, this is verbal irony because Montresor says the exact opposite of what he really means. “’I shall not die of a cough.’…
After the Cassk of Amontillado
Fourty nine years later and I had relived the day I killed Fortunato in my head about one thousand times, but evey time I think about it all I remember was him saying "“For the love of God, Montresor!” This was the last words that came out of that back stabbing "friend" Fortunato's mouth. I never knew what this meant did it mean that I brought Fortunato to the pit of desperation and dread, and he felt that god had left him behind? Or did Fortunato…
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…
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 but chilling story of horror and revenge.
Throughout the story, Poe utilizes irony to drive suspense and foreshadow…
Professor Susan Mills
27 April 2014
We can learn an important lesson from the short story “The Cask of Amontillado”; particularly, fortification of the phrase “Revenge is best served cold”. This saying was used by the Mafiosi in Italy, and portrays that the best payback is the one that comes with planning. Montresor, who wants his revenge from Fortunato, has two conditions he will follow. “He must not only punish, he must punish with impunity”; and…
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…
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…
Allan Poe applied
irony to his stories. By doing this, his disturbing and odd tales
became stories of mental and psychological twists and terror that
trouble readers. Poe uses irony in “The Tell-Tale Heart” to increase
mental tension by making the murderer in the story confess the crime
that he so carefully planned. The man goes mad by fault of his own
conscious and if he had not confessed, the murder would have been a
success. Just as in “The Tell-Tale Heart”, Poe utilizes irony to
“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…