The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allan Poe

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The cask of Amontillado
Edgar Allan Poe is an American author and a poet. He is a major figure in American and world literature, this is primarily based on his ingenious and profound short stories, poems, and critical theories, which established him as a highly influential rationale for the short form in both poetry and fiction. “The cask of Amontillado” is viewed by most people as one of the most perfect short stories in the world and although Poe uses symbolism to help his audience understand it can also be seen how throughout the story and in almost every line how uses verbal and dramatic irony to build suspense, foreshadow the ending, and to add a touch of horrifying humor from it he wants his audience to understand his closeness to Fortunato. This story is a short tale of horror about Montresor who is the main character revenge for an insult from his friend Fortunato. And although Fortunato believes he has good friendship with Montresor he ends up being chained and walled in to the catacombs and buried alive.
The first Irony that can be seen is verbal irony. Verbal irony is a figure of speech where the speaker intends to be understood as meaning something that contrasts with the literal or usual meaning of what he says. On the title: The word “cask”, meaning a large barrel like container made of wood used for storing liquids, typically alcoholic drinks like wine, is derived from the same root word used to form casket, meaning coffin. Thus, the cask figuratively…
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