Situational Irony The Cask Of Amontillado Essay

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“The Cask of Amontillado” is a unique story in many ways. There are many literary elements present throughout this story. One of these literary elements is irony. Irony can influence the portrayal of a character in a story. Irony can also add intrigue and excitement to the plot of the story. In Edgar Allen Poe’s story, he uses the literary element of irony to add to the plot and influence how the characters are portrayed throughout his story. One of the first examples of irony Poe utilizes in his story involves the situational irony of the title. Situational irony is when something turns out to be the opposite of what is expected. The title, “The Cask of Amontillado”, leads a reader to believe that such a wine container or crate exists in…show more content…
The Montresor is prompting Fortunato saying he is going to seek revenge. The serpent's fangs embedded in the heel represents all the insults Fortunato has caused the Montresor to endure and the foot crushing the serpent represents the Montresor getting his revenge on Fortunato. Dramatic irony was also used when Fortunato and the Montresor were in the dark catacombs. After briefly entering the catacombs, the Montresor tells Fortunato to be mindful of the nitre that encrusts the walls. But in that instant, Fortunato starts coughing uncontrollably. The Montresor tells Fortunato that he is a man of great status and insists that it would be in their best interest to go back and leave his vaults. He says, “Come, 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” (117). The Montresor pretends that he is concerned about Fortunato's precious health, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The reader knows the Montresor is only concerned about his plan to lure Fortunato further into the catacombs and carryout out his revenge. The Montresor also pretends to be responsible for Fortunato's death. He does not want Fortunato to die of a cough or from the nitre in the catacombs, but from his own plan of murder. But despite all of this, Fortunato still fails to understand the

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