Examples Of Dramatic Irony In The Cask Of Amontillado

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The Cask of Amontillado, a historical fiction short story written by Edgar Allan Poe, accommodates many instances of irony. A critical moment containing dramatic irony occurs when Fortunato and Montresor are traveling in the catacombs searching for the cask. As the men make their way towards the Amontillado, Fortunato asks about the Montresor family and has to be reminded of the Montresor family arms. Montresor kindly responds and describes the arms as “a huge human foot d’or” (Poe 3). The character also portrays the family motto, “Nemo me impune lacessit,” (Poe 3) which translates to “No one can attack me without being punished.” The motto gives the reader foresight into the following events as well as refocusing on the prior explanation of
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