Consequences Of Irony In Poe's The Cask Of Amontillado

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John Ruskin once said “ In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.” Fortunato, from “ The Cask of Amontillado”, became so immersed into his pride that he didn’t notice as it lead to one of his gravest mistakes resulting in his death. In “ The Cask of Amontillado”, Poe uses irony and imagery to reveal that pride leads to a man’s downfall. Irony, in the short story, reveals that pride leads to downfall. Fortunato became too prideful to take notice that Montresor was giving him a chance to leave and avoid his fate. While venturing through the catacombs, Montresor took notice of the excessive amount of niter that was causing Fortunato to cough a lot and suggested that they should “ go back ere it is too late”, however Fortunato objected claiming that “ it is nothing”(Poe 65). Since Montresor actually wanted to keep Fortunato in the catacombs, it is ironic he asked him to leave. Nevertheless, Fortunato was blinded by the thoughts of being able to taste the Amontillado that he didn’t want to give into any physical weakness which would interfere with the rare opportunity. He wanted to prove to Montresor that he was a far more superior wine connoisseur. In conclusion, Fortunato's ignorance to Montresor’s many hints only lead him to his death like a lamb to a slaughter. In addition, Fortunato was too immersed in proving his experience in wine connoisseurship to notice Montresor’s indication that he is going to seek revenge. While the two men were trekking

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