William Shakespeare 's ' The Cask Of Amontillado '

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Mujahid Ali Syed Professor Herbert English 2 4/9/15 Much Ado About Amontillado “The Cask of Amontillado” is a story centralized on a man’s burning desire to achieve a pure state of revenge. The imagery in this story is of great importance as it is integral to the plot of the story. In addition, the symbolism of the surroundings and objects in the story play a huge role in how the story unfolds and takes shape. Also, arguably the most dynamic literary device in the story is irony as it maintains the character’s roles throughout the story’s entirety. The combination of imagery, symbolism, and irony in “The Cask of Amontillado” all play extremely imperative roles in developing the characters and conveying the rather twisted plot about a man’s psychotic path to fulfill his vow of revenge. The high use of imagery in this story enhances the story by linking the specific colors and surroundings to the plot of the story. For example, Montresor is wearing a black silk mask which clearly represents revenge. This gives off a dark vibe right from the beginning of the story. The use of this imagery is employed as soon Fortunato “convinces” Montresor to go to the vaults. Poe writes, “Fortunato possessed himself of my arm; and putting on a mask of black silk and drawing a roquelaire closely about my person, I suffered him to hurry me to my palazzo” (102). Poe uses the words “black silk” and “roquelaire” to provide the image of Montresor as a dark figure which is proven later on in the

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