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Situational Irony In The Cask Of Amontillado

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Irony is perhaps one of the best tools in enhancing a story. In Edgar Allen Poe’s, “The Cask of Amontillado”, the narrator Montresor meets Fortunato, an old friend of his. Montresor has vowed revenge for Fortunato’s many wrongdoings upon him. Throughout the story, there are many examples of irony. Poe uses each type of irony to enhance the plot.
Poe uses situational irony to develop the plot. Shortly after entering the catacombs, Fortunato makes a strange gesture. Montresor is confused, and states that he does not understand. Fortunato then questions if he is of the mason brotherhood, as it is apparently a commonly understood sign among masons. However, Montresor quickly proves that he is, in fact, a mason. He says, “‘It is this,’ I answered producing from beneath the folds of my roquelaire a trowel” (Poe). When Montresor is first questioned, the reader suspects that he may not be a mason as he says he is. Montresor owning a trowel proves that he is a mason because a trowel would only be of use to a mason as it is used to help build things. The trowel is later of great significance. Montresor uses the trowel to build a wall, enclosing and suffocating Fortunato. After trapping Fortunato, Montresor calls to him and receives no answer. He then places a torch through a hole in the wall, and hears the bells of Fortunato’s costume jingling. Montresor begins to reflect on what has happened. “My heart grew sick, it was the dampness of the catacombs that made it so” (Poe). As
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