Literary Analysis Of ' The Cask Of Amontillado '

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Brooke Womack Literary Analysis Paper Into to Literature: American I Dr. Julia Pond 12 October 2017 The Cask of Amontillado The Cask of Amontillado is a tale of terror written by Edgar Allen Poe. This short story is from the point of view from Montresor’s memory. The setting of this story is in a small unnamed European city, at a local carnival and then at the catacombs under Montresor’s home, around duck. The brief synopsis of this story is about the revenge that the Montresor, the antagonist and narrator, wants against Fortunato, a wine connoisseur and the victim, that has insulted him. Montresor finds Fortunato at a carnival and lures him into the catacombs of his home by offering him a special kind of wine. While in the…show more content…
Now, in this time period it was not uncommon to accidentally bury people prematurely. The people that were buried in this time were buried with bells on, so that if they were buried prematurely the bells would let others know to open the casket. It is very ironic that Poe includes bells in Fortunato’s costume as it is also a foreshadowing of what will happen to Fortunato later in the story. Another example of Irony is when Montresor tells Fortunato “we will go back; your health is precious. You are rich, respected, admired, beloved; you are happy, as once I was. You are a man to be missed. For me it is no matter. We will go back; you will be ill, and I cannot be responsible” (Poe, The Cask of Amontillado). Montresor obviously does not care about Fortunato’s health, as Montresor buries him alive at the end of the story. Another ironic element occurs when Fortunato drinks a toast to the dead in the catacombs, which is another element of foreshadowing as he is unknowingly going to be joining them soon. He says “to the buried that repose around us” and then takes a drink (Poe, The Cask of Amontillado). Another literary element that Poe used abundantly is Imagery. Imagery in this story can be found in many ways: alliteration, epithets, speech breaks and repetition. Poe uses lots of alliteration to get certain sounds he wants the reader envision. For example: “I must not only punish but punish with impunity”(Poe, The Cask of Amontillado).
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