Essay on An Eye for an Eye

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"An eye for an eye", this quote is used often among many diversities of people; however, Edgar Allan Poe took this quote to extremes in his story The Cask of Amontillado. Poe's usage of dramatic and verbal irony, foreshadowing and symbolism brings about a strong tale of revenge. Revenge is a feeling that has the ability to over come a person's grip on reality. The narrator, Montresor feels that he was greatly insulted by the unfortunate Fortunado. For this reason Montresor seeks revengeance on Fortunado for his heinous crime.

Dramatic irony is used when we know, or draw a conclusion of, what will happen to Fortunato, although he continues his descent into the catacombs in pursuit of the Amontillado. The sense of revenge reaches its
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This is the only way Montresor feels he will gain his revenge. Poe uses verbal irony in Montesor's toast to Fortunato's long life. Montresor says, "Drink ..." Fortunato replies, "I drink ... to the buried that repose around us." Montresor says, "And I to your long life." It is know that Montresor's intentions are for Fortunato to die soon. The real reason Montresor is toasting is because he wants Fortunato to be with his to be with his ancestors in the catacombs. Montresor also calls Fortunato his dear friend. Fortunato thinks that Montresor is his friend, but Montresor is only seeking revenge. Montresor also says, "My dear Fortunato..." he calls Fortunato dear when he hates him with a passion. Once again, Montresor calls Fortunato a friend when he says, "My dear friend, no; I will not impose upon your good nature." This is also irony because Fortunato is really Montresor's enemy. Montresor also speaks of Fortunato's "good nature", but Fortunato insulted Montresor. This is why Montresor does not consider his a friend and has planned to kill him out of revenge.

There are also many symbols in Poe's, The Cask of Amontillado, that are ironically used in his story of revenge. The first symbol is when Poe calls the character Fortunato, who is not really fortunate. Montresor, on the other hand, his name is associated with "treasure" giving the reader an image of a rich and powerful man (Gruesser). And to an extent he was, being that he was so harsh, and able to follow

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