Cask Amontillado Analysis

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Cesar Gutierrez Mr. Barry Sr. English 30 November 2017 Cask Amontillado Essay Have you ever wanted to get drunk and walk through an underground crypt with a psychopathic murderer? Well, that’s exactly what Fortunato did in Edgar Allen Poe’s “Cask of Amontillado.” Montressor, the story’s main character, lures an inebriated Fortunato down into his wine cellar for the most dastardly of purposes. And as expected from Poe, the story leaves the reader with an ugly taste in the mouth. Edgar Allen Poe uses a variety of literary devices to create a disturbing mood for his audience. Edgar Allen Poe uses dramatic irony as one of the literary device. The story itself is dramatic irony because Fortunato is not aware of any of Montresor’s intentions to kill Fortunato, but we are aware of this intention of his. Montresor goes through an elaborate plan to lure Fortunato to the catacombs beneath his house in order punish him for an unknown insult Montresor feels Fortunato has inflicted upon him. We know what Montresor is doing, but poor Fortunato has no idea until it’s too late. Poe’s use of dramatic irony allows us, the readers, to be a part of Montresor’s plan and to how he skillfully carries it out. We see Fortunato’s reaction when he realizes what is happening. We know what’s coming, but it adds suspense to see how Fortunato will react to it. Another example where Poe uses dramatic irony is in the beginning of the story, “It must be understood that neither by word nor deed had I given Fortunato cause to doubt my good will. I continued, as was my wont, to smile in his face, and he did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his immolation” (1). This quote refers to Fortunato not expecting this could happen, because Montresor always being friendly, and just always holding it in. Another time Poe uses dramatic irony, is when he sends all the workers home, “There were no attendants at home; they had absconded to make merry in honor of the time. I had told them that I should not return until the morning, and had given them explicit orders not to stir from the house. These orders were sufficient, I well knew, to insure their immediate disappearance, one and all, as soon as my back was turned”(2). He sent the
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