Theme Of Irony In The Cask Of Amontillado

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What limits might one reach to seek revenge on an enemy for his or her faults? Edgar Allan Poe portrays such limits in his short story “The Cask of Amontillado.” Moreover, the story is an unforeseen murder case in which the antagonist is unconscious of his coming death. The short story is set in the 1800s during the Carnival setting. In the beginning, Poe quickly introduces a vexed character with evil intentions, which lures the reader in to seek the result. Poe uses many literary devices, such as imagery and foreshadowing, to strengthen his story. Throughout the entire story, however, Poe advances the plot with the use of dramatic irony through Montresor’s false greeting, Montresor’s deceitful nature, and Fortunato’s given name. Poe approaches irony from the very beginning of the short story by introducing the protagonist, Montresor, and his greeting of Fortunato. Furthermore, Montresor’s opening lines in “The Cask of Amontillado” state, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge” (Poe 1). Promptly, the statement allows the reader to understand that Montresor holds an underlying issue against Fortunato; however, the opposing character seems uninformed. In addition, Montresor states, “It must be understood that neither by word nor deed had I given Fortunato cause to doubt my good will” (Poe 1). In the previous statement, Montresor acknowledges that although his intentions are untrue, his appearance
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