Cask Of Amontillado Verbal Irony Analysis

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In Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado,” Poe uses both verbal irony and dramatic irony. An example of verbal irony is when Montresor says to Fortunato, “‘And I to your long life,’” in the catacombs. This was when the narrator and Fortunato just finished drinking their wine and jokingly toasts to Fortunato’s life. When Montresor says this, he is actually saying “And I to your short life,” because he knows Fortunato will die soon. It is like Montresor is using sarcasm. However, not only is this quote verbal irony, it can also be dramatic irony because what the narrator is saying actually means something else. Just like how “‘And I to your long life’” can be an example of dramatic irony, Fortunato’s jester costume is another example.
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