Symbolism and Irony in Cask of Amontillado

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Symbolism is an object or word that has two meanings. Poe uses this device when he writes, “Fortunado is dressed as a fool”(20). It is symbolic representation of what Fortunado is. Irony is a twist in a situation that creates tension between the two conflicts. Poe uses irony throughout his story as a way of enticing readers. The narrator, Montresor, tells about how he got revenge 50 years prior towards Fortunado who greatly offended him. He used Fortunado’s love of wine against him, and once Fortunado was drunk, Montresor left him to die in an unthinkable and cruel way. In Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” many examples of irony are used to explain Montresor’s crime and revenge process. The first case of irony Poe uses is Fortunado’s family motto, which is, “No one insults me [without being punished].” It is ironic due to the normal circumstance of if someone offends you, you avoid them. Poe’s second use of iron is the meaning of Montresor’s name. The true meaning of Montresor is “my treasure,” you would not expect a cruel person to be a treasure. Poe’s first use of symbolism is when Montresor dresses Fortunado up like a jester portraying him as being a fool for lacking good sense and being…
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