The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allan Poe

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In the short story of "The Cask of Amontillado," Edgar Allan Poe writes in first person point of view from the perspective of Montresor who seeks revenge against Fortunato. Montresor began to develop the perfect plan for revenge. During the carnival season, Montresor meets with Fortunato and decides to implement his plan carefully through irony. Poe 's story describes the murderer 's mind which has lived as a memory of Fortunato 's death for fifty years. Poe uses different types of irony and symbolism in the conversations between Montresor and Fortunato which are discussed in the following paragraphs.
First, Poe uses dramatic irony in the story. For example, Montresor expresses concern about Fortunato 's and says, "Come, I said, with decision, we will go back; your health is precious. You are rich, respected, admired, and 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). Both the reader and Montresor know of his plan of murder that awaits Fortunato when he descends into the catacombs in search for the wine. But Fortunato does not realize that Montresor is capable of doing what he has planned. Montresor pretends to be worried about Fortunato 's health when he says they should go back. Ironically, Montresor couldn’t care less about Fortunato 's health. He is worried about his own advantage of manipulation by leading him into the catacombs to carry out his plan.
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