Theme Of Literary Devices In The Cask Of Amontillado

analytical Essay
917 words
917 words

Literary Devices in “The Cask of Amontillado” In Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado,” Montresor sets out on a vengeful mission that will end Fortunato’s life in an untimely fate. Montresor appeals to Fortunato’s love for wine to tempt the unsuspecting fellow to his impending doom. While Montresor tricks the foolish Fortunato frightfully, it is ultimately Fortunato’s pride that leads to his demise in the crypt. Poe uses several literary devices to foreshadow this murderous exploit of Montresor. Through the use of irony, symbolism, and imagery, the story entices readers to delve into the relationships and differences between Montresor and Fortunato. The first literary device used by Poe in his short story “The Cask of Amontillado,” …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how edgar allan poe uses literary devices to foreshadow montresor's murderous exploit in "the cask of amontillado."
  • Analyzes how poe uses irony in his short story "the cask of amontillado." montresor suggests to fortunato to turn back to keep his good health before it is too late.
  • Narrates how montresor implored fortunato to return to the wall and render him all the little attentions in his power.
  • Analyzes how fortunato's pride is too plentiful to agree with his adversary, despite being urged against it several times. montresor offers his prey a way out in exchange for his pride to be injured.
  • Analyzes poe's use of name choice in "the cask of amontillado" as ironic. fortunato shares the root word with fortunate and is italian for blessed.
  • Analyzes how montresor's family crest is a serpent biting into an ankle treading upon it, and the family motto, "no one wounds me with immunity," address his seemingly inherited nature to retaliate.
  • Analyzes how poe's use of imagery in "the cask of amontillado" generates an eerie feeling throughout the short story as readers see the two characters' developments.
  • Concludes that the literary devices used in "the cask of the amontillado" help readers connect to poe's characters. the short story highlights the disadvantages of pride in both men and their consequences.

Despite being urged against it several times; he ventures on willingly to his tomb. The warnings also serve another purpose; Montresor offers his prey a way out in exchange for Fortunato’s pride to be injured. Accepting the invitation of heading back would mean weakness, but possibly would have saved Fortunato’s life for losing his pride.
Poe’s use of name choice in the story is also ironic. The literary critic, Elena Baraban discusses the meaning behind both characters’ names in her article “The Motive for Murder in ‘The Cask of Amontillado’" By Edgar Allan Poe. Fortunato’s name shares the root word with fortunate and is Italian for blessed. However, his extensive misfortune in the short story tells the readers this name choice is paradoxical. Montresor’s name however, translates to “my treasure”, which is a metaphor for his ancestry being his most treasured possession (Barbaran …show more content…

For instance, Montresor’s family crest is a serpent biting into an ankle treading upon it. The emblem is symbolic of Montresor’s response to being bitten by Fortunato’s foolish pride. The snake on the crest and the family’s motto, “No one wounds me with immunity,” both address Montresor’s seemingly inherited nature to retaliate. Another instance of symbolism in the story, is the reference to the secret society, the Freemasons. As a sign to prove his fellowship, Montresor pulls out a trowel to show his brotherhood. Ironically, this is the same trowel that will seal Fortunato’s tomb. The final major symbol in “The Cask of Amontillado,” is the Amontillado wine. The way the wine is created is through the deprivation of oxygen, the same way Fortunato is killed. The thought put into the murder portrays Montresor as a genius, but also shows the regard he has for his victim. Montresor sees his victim like a cheap bottle of sherry instead of the fine Amontillado that is revered and mature. Taking it upon himself, Montresor decides to mature Fortunato and views it as a masterpiece. The death of Fortunato is Montresor’s art (Lewis

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