The Cask Of Amontillado Literary Analysis

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In “The Cask of Amontillado,” Edgar Allan Poe uses irony to develop his theme of a man who seeks salvation through repression. The narrator begins by telling us that Fortunato has hurt him. Even worse, Fortunato has insulted him. Revenge is another reoccurring theme throughout the story. He meets Fortunato, who is all dressed in jester clothes for a carnival celebration and is already extremely drunk. The narrator mentions he has found a barrel of a rare brandy called Amontillado. Fortunato expresses a lot of interest in verifying the wine’s authenticity. The author, Edgar Allan Poe, writes of Fortunato and Montresor 's revenge. “Montresor is compliant with Fortunato, and they both are prideful, but they both downfall into a horrific ending. The use of language by Edgar Allan Poe supports the understanding of the relationship between the two men “(Poedecoder). Despite the two men sharing common characteristics, one desires…show more content…
The author establishes a mood of bitterness, agitation, and anger, but it leads to quietness and mystery. For instance, this can be said true when Montresor informs Fortunato of the pipe he purchased. Fortunato then insults Montresor when he tells him that the pipe was bought from the carnival. As a result, Montresor plans to take revenge, a thousand injuries of Fortunato “I had borne as I best could when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge.” Montresor had been upset by the insult, he did not reveal it to Fortunato and pretended to remain friends. On numerous occasions, Montresor referred to Fortunato as his friend. Montresor also alludes to the fact that Fortunato health is a concern and tries to stop Fortunato from going to the vaults, knowing that Fortunato would still go regardless of his health. About his horrific cough, Fortunato even replies, it is nothing. This proves that Fortunato would sacrifice his health for Montresor thinking there was a
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