Edgar Allan Poe Was A Master Of The Literary Elements And

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Edgar Allan Poe was a master of the literary elements and used them greatly in all of his works. In the story, “The Cask of Amontillado,” Poe uses these literary devices to really grab the audience and keep them wanting more. This skillful building of suspense is what makes this story so interesting and easy to keep reading. Poe drops small hints throughout the story in order to give the reader a little glimpse of how the story will come to an exciting end. With all of these elements coming together Poe creates a captivating and interesting story that a reader can easily enjoy. Poe’s expert use of foreshadowing, irony, and first person viewpoint all build into this captivating story that ensnares a reader. The literary element that is…show more content…
He will soon learn that this is the one biggest mistake of his life. All of these foreshadowing events build suspense and tension into every single bit of Poe’s story, and this intense suspense is what grabs the reader’s attention and keeps them reading for more. Alongside foreshadowing Poe also uses irony to add an extra layer that contrasts his tone, but still get the same point across. In “The Cask of Amontillado,” Poe uses situational, verbal, and dramatic irony throughout his story to contrast what the reader thinks will happen and emphasize the point that Montresor will be avenged. When Montresor offers Fortunato a cask of this expensive wine, however instead of a cask for wine it is Fortunato’s casket (174). Edgar Allan Poe even uses the name of the victim to bring about a sense of this irony. Fortunato means to be fortunate in Italian, but obviously Fortunato is exactly the opposite of what his name implies. His death is actually quite cruel, slow, and a death where he must suffer greatly before he dies. Montresor slowly closes Fortunato inside this tomb brick by brick with the other skeletons already placed there already (178). This type of death pinpoints just how badly Montresor wanted his vengeance to be painful for this unfortunate man. This use of irony added onto the tone that Poe created in the beginning of the story coinciding with all the
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