Edgar Allen Poe is adept in using irony to portray grim themes. Mortality is one of the more prominent themes in “The Cask of Amontillado”. Poe starts of the story with irony in regards to mortality in the form of Montresor and Fortunato being at a carnival, a place of celebration, happiness, light, and life. This is a major contrast to later on when Montresor brings Fortunato into his family caverns a place of mourning, sadness, darkness, and
“The Cask of The Amontillado” is not the short story you want to read to your child at bedtime. It is a creepy tale of a man who plots revenge on an acquaintance who has supposedly wronged him, a plot similar to other Edgar Allan Poe stories. This story is full of interesting characteristics such as hidden meanings, cunning dialogue between characters, and strange ironies, all assembled in a dark gothic setting. These details create an intriguing read, which is why this story needs to be analyzed to discover deeper meanings created in the mind of Poe and revealed in the lines of the story.
Though Fortunato is an intelligent wine expert, his expertise leads him to his death. In Italian the word Fortunato means fortunate, something that he is not by the end of the story. In “The Cask of Amontillado” Edgar Allan Poe uses foreshadowing and dramatic irony and verbal irony to show Fortunato’s misfortunes which eventually lead to his death.
Fortunato insults Montresor to the point of desperation. Montresor says “THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge” (Poe, 286). Even right before his death he insults Montresor’s family code of arms. If not for his insults he would have not been murdered.
Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” is a hair-raising tale that follows one man’s twisted quest for revenge. Although Carnival season is in full-swing above ground, Fortunato finds himself being led to his death below ground. Fortunato’s past insults will ensure that he will never again participate in another party; Montresor will make sure of that. As if the story’s main idea was scary enough, Poe uses specific details and descriptions and dialogue to produce a mood that is both chilling and horrifying.
Verbal irony occurs when speakers or writers say the opposite of what they mean. One example of verbal irony in The Cask is when Montresor first sees Fortunato at the carnival. This is ironic because Montresor acts like he is pleased to meet Fortunato but he really is not. For example, Poe writes, “My dear Fortunato you are luckily met. How remarkably well you are looking today” (237) Moreover, what Montresor really means is that the meeting is lucky because it presents a good time to murder Fortunato. Another reason that Montresor acting like he is pleased to meet Fortunato is ironic is that Montresor wants to murder Fortunato. Montresor is mad because of Fortunato’s unknown insults toward him but is acting nice. Montresor is acting nice so that he can disguise his motives to kill Montresor.
Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Cask of Amontillado” is a literary classic for many reasons. The story is complex and full of all kinds of irony. As the reader gets deeper into the story, the relationship between the main characters becomes more and more ambiguous. The story revolves around a revenge, but the reader never gets to know what happened between the two men to warrant a murder as gruesome as this. The story includes several examples of dramatic and verbal irony.
In the story “The Cask of Amontillado”, the author uses lots of verbal irony to emphasize the evil intentions of Montresor.One of the examples of verbal irony in the story that he uses is “The cough’s a mere nothing; it will not kill me. I shall not die of a cough.” and “true--true, I replied.” The effect of this irony is it that Montresor already knows how Fortunato will die.Another example of verbal irony used in the story was when they did a toast to each other. “I drink”, he said, to the buried that repose around us.”
In this short story a man named Montresor takes revenge on his enemy Fortunato for insulting him. He uses Fortunato’s soft spot for alcohol to manipulate Fortunato into trusting him. Montresor leads Fortunato into the deep catacombs of his home, getting him more and more drunk the deeper they travel. Once the two men reach a chamber in the home of Montresor’s home, Montresor ties Fortunato to a wall and buries him alive. “ The thousand injuries of Fortunato [Montresor] had borne” were no match for the hate he had for Fortunato (The cask of Amontillado, 1). Edgar Allan Poe uses Irony as a literary device to show the theme of revenge. The irony of forgiveness and compassion shown by Montresor not only gives him more character, but emphasize how true the hatred is toward
The short story, “The Cask of Amontillado” written by Edgar Allan Poe is about a man named Montresor who is seeking revenge after allegedly being insulted by Fortunato. The revenge Montresor is seeking is death, and after planning for some time, he decided the best time to kill Fortunato would be during carnival time. While Fortunato was in a jester costume and intoxicated Montresor informs Fortunato that he was on his way to ask Lucchesi, a fool who knew nothing about wine, to check if the shipment of Amontillado was indeed Amontillado wine. Montresor told this to Fortunato this because he knew he would get jealous and volunteer to test the wine. Montresor then leads Fortunato to his catacombs and kills him. Poe uses the literary techniques of dramatic and situational irony to demonstrate that Montresor was a malicious person who found Fortunato's pain humorous.
For example, Montresor explained that “revenge is not good enough, but that the victim must know he is being punished,” (pg 209) Montresor never explained his actions to his victim, so essentially Fortunato died without knowing why. Another example of irony is, That his name was “Fortunato”, and he happened to have the least amount of fortune since he was the only one who died. Poe uses irony, to throw off the reader, and keep them unbalanced and not sure of montresor's intentions. As the story goes on it makes it seem like montresor is crazy and killing an “innocent”
Again, Poe uses this branch of irony to foreshadow events to come in the story, by having the characters, usually Montresor, say something but actually mean the opposite. Like, when both men finally arrive to their destination, Montresor toasts to Fortunato’s “long life,” clearly not meaning it, since he’s the one with intentions to murder the intoxicated and overly trusting man. Then, at the end of the story, Montresor ends his tale with “In pace requiscat,” or “Rest in peace.” If Montresor’s able to retell these events with such clear detail, he certainly did not rest in peace. These two final scenes emphasize the truth of the story, and the final line gives a bit more insight to Montresor’s life, giving the story
In 1846, Edgar Allan Poe wrote the story The Cask of Amontillado. The story is about a dispute between characters Montresor and Fortunato. When Fortunato questioned Montresor’s honor, Montresor thought up an elaborate scheme to kill Fortunato in the catacomb where all his family is buried and, as it turns out, Amontillado. In this short story, Poe uses irony to emphasize Montresor’s dislike for Fortunato, how their names are different from their personalities, and ultimately, Fortunato’s death.
Throughout the short story, Poe uses verbal irony referencing Fortunato’s health and life. The use of verbal irony increases the tension. When Montresor says “‘your health is precious’ … ‘you are a man to be missed’” (2), he has a scheme of revenge and an ultimate death. Montresor never intends
In Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado,” irony occurred in several ways as Montresor, the narrator, intended to receive revenge on Fortunato who is both a friend and sworn enemy of Montresor. Although Montresor holds an undisclosed grudge against the nobleman and lured him to his death, Fortunato’s choice of clothing, Montresor’s eerie behavior and reactions to the crime displayed dramatic irony in this story.