The Irony in the Cask of Amontillado Essay

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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.’…