Theme Of Irony In The Cask Of Amontillado

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Between the stories Of “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Poe, and “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber” by Ernest Hemingway, the authors are able to control these stories through the use of irony, defined as a “contrast or incongruity between expectations for a situation and what is reality. This can be a difference between the surface meaning of something that is said and the underlying meaning” (http://www.literarydevices.com/irony/). Within these short stories, each author has been able to bring the reader into the story by giving them the opportunity to endure the thoughts and feelings of individual characters which include the taste for revenge, and the bitter truth of a marriage. The way irony is placed into the stories has given the chance to develop the overall theme for both; revenge. Although the thought of revenge is usually an action that takes place in hopes to inflict harm onto somebody for an injury or a wrong at their hands, in the case of “The Cask of Amontillado”, that is correct. The author from the very start allows the reader to understand, as well as acknowledge, the fact that Montresor is seeking revenge on his “friend” Fortunato, due to an insult that was articulated prior to the time period of the story so as the reader, we never know what the insult was. The one thing that is known is that whatever the insult may have been, it was one filled with anger and desire; the desire of revenge. Throughout the story, Poe leads the reader through an
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