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.’
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
27 August 2013
Irony, “Is the use of words to express something other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning” (Merriam-Webster). Edgar Allan Poe used a great amount of irony in his short story, “The Cask of Amontillado” to express a theme of revenge. Throughout the story, Poe gives us a great amount of clues and descriptions on how he is using irony in the story. This in turn, helps the reader understand the character and…
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…
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…
The Cask Of Amontillado
Edgar Allan Poe was a literary genius with a dark mind and imagination that made stories that are known for thier atmosphere of horror. Some revolved around death and others around revenge, or in "The Cask Of Amontillado" , the story revolves around both. In Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Cask Of Amontillado", Poe Effectively uses verbal and dramatic irony to make the reader believe the narrator Montressor , who is in reality a very sneaky, devious man.
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…
24 February 2013
The Masque of the Red Death vs. The Cask of Amontillado
“The Masque of the Red Death” and “The Cask of Amontillado” written by Edgar Allan Poe are somewhat different. The major themes of these stories differ significantly, as does the emphasis placed on each character which dealt more to The Cask of Amontillado” than to “The Masque of the Red Death” Regardless of this, the stories are similar in many ways. For instance, both belong to the literacy of the…
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…
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…
Good vs. Evil
An Essay on Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado”
Through Poe’s work, “The Cask of Amontillado”, a story of revenge is relayed. Fortunato, a care-free drunk, offends Montresor, the all too serious type, once too many times. So, Montresor seeks revenge through the murder of his “friend”. It is made apparent through the setting, characterization, and through irony in this story that good people mask their deep seeded evil.
The setting of a story is simply the where and when of that…