“Evil is always devising more corrosive misery through man's restless need to exact revenge out of his hate.” This quote by Ralph Steadman, exemplifies the heart of the character, Montresor, in Edgar Allen Poe's short story “The Cask of Amontillado.” Poe, a compelling writer, weaves together a story in such a way that it captivates and entices the reader to want more, even if it leads to mounting horror. He is an author that develops characters and reveals their complex personalities through descriptive language and imagery. The reader is able to imagine, in their mind's eye, the plot being played out. One very effective technique Poe employs in his story is the rich use of irony. “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe uses, dramatic, verbal, and situational irony to foreshadow the unfortunate death of Fortunato.
In “The Ransom of Red Chief” by O. Henry, there are many examples of situational irony. For example, when Johnny Dorset is feeling the opposite of what a kid that was just kidnapped would be emotionally feeling. Johnny plays a game of pretend with his kidnappers, Bill and Sam, and only one person out of the three are having fun. The game includes hurting Bill until he finally loses his mind and cannot take anymore of Johnny’s games. He is not missing home, not begging for mercy, but what he is doing is having fun playing rough with the people who kidnapped him. Instead of hoping to be back home, he is hoping to never go back home. They ask Johnny after they are done with playing his games, ‘“would you like to go home?’...’I don’t have any fun at home...You won’t take me back home, snake-eye, will you”’ (4)? Johnny is enjoying the company of Bill and Sam. He could stay with them for the rest of his life and he could care less. What would his family think if
The movie and the story “The ransom of Red Chief” is alike in many ways. It is also different. In the storybook and the movie the kidnappers need 2,000 dollars. So they set off to find Johnny. Also in the movie and story the kidnappers’ names were Bill and Sam. Red Chief gave them both nicknames which were Old Hank and Snake Eye. Bill’s name was Old Hank and Sam’s name was Snake Eye, the spy. The kidnappers had to pay Johnny’s father 250 dollars, in both the movie and in the book. Another Similarity is Bill had to ride little Johnny 90 miles, while Sam goes into town.
What would you do if everything that you did in your life came out just like you wanted it to? However, life does not work like that due to something called irony. O. Henry's short story “The Ransom of Red Chief” is a high level of comedy that uses irony and allusions to convey the idea that sometimes things don't come out like we expect them to.
Irony is a complex and important element of literature that can help discover hidden perspectives within characters or hide the truth in plain sight. The story by Edgar Allen Poe, “The Cask of Amontillado” is a great example the dark ironic twist that happen in the story. The main character, Montresor, is hell-bent on getting his revenge on the man who shamed him, Fortunato. The verbal and dramatic irony that is being used in the story “The Cask of Amontillado” helps hide the true intentions that Montresor has planned for Fortunato.
In the short story it is ironic that the victims name is Fortunato and he is meant with an unfortunate task. Verbal irony is shown all throughout the story but one major issue is when Montressor says, “Your health is precious...You are a man to be missed”. His health is precious but he is leading him to his death! All three forms of irony are shown in the short story. Situational irony is shown when the nonexistent cask of Amontillado turns out to be a casket for Fortunato. Lastly it is also ironic that Fortunato dresses up as the fool but he’s not playing the act, he really is
Irony is used to throw the reader off track and make the story more alluring. In “The Masque of Red Death,” Prince Prospero’s castle walls “had gates of iron. The courtiers, having entered, brought furnaces and massy hammers and welded bolts. They resolved to leave means neither of ingress or egress to the sudden impulses of despair or of frenzy from within,”(57). When all entrances are sealed most would think that nothing could get in. That's what Prince Prospero thought, however the Red Death still could get in. Prince Prospero’s mind was distorted because of fear. His big fear of dying by the Red Death clouded his rational thought, so much that he excluded ever commoner and left them to die. As a result of him isolating himself from the disease, it came and found him. Prince Prospero didn’t realize that death is inevitable no matter what. Irony is the opposite of what you would expect and it can show how distorted the brain can get when reaction to fear. In “The Tell Tale Heart,” “His room was a black as pitch,” says the narrator, “with the thick darkness (for the shutters were closed and fastened, through fear of robbers,)”(75). The irony here is that the old man puts up the shutters in fear of being robbed or killed by people coming in, however, he didn't expect the threat to come from the inside. Fear led not only the old man to shut himself in, but also for the narrator to kill the old man
“The Cask of Amontillado” is an ironic short story written by Edgar Allen Poe. Poe used symbolic irony to describe who his characters were, how they dressed, and the settings in which the events took place. In this short story symbolic irony was used to define how Montresor, one of the prominent characters, sought his way to redemption by repressing his friend Fortunato to his demise.
Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Cask of Amontillado” is the narrative of a man named Montresor who seeks vengeance against a man named Fortunato. Fortunato insults Montresor. Next, Montresor meet Fortunato at a carnival, eventually luring him into the catacombs of his home to bury Fortunato alive. Moreover, different types of irony are portrayed in this short story. Dramatic irony consists of the character in the story knowing less about his or her situation than the reader. Verbal irony involves a character saying one thing, and meaning another. Situational irony consists of what is expected to happen, and what actually happens. Three types of irony found in Edgar Allan Poe’s, “The Cask of Amontillado”, are dramatic, verbal, and situational irony.
Edgar Allan Poe is a phenomenal writer and makes many points in his writings. There are three different ways in Poe 's writing of "The Cask of Amontillado" that irony is used: verbal, situational and dramatic. Verbal irony can be seen when Montresor first sees Fortunato at the carnival. Situational irony is also used and can be seen between the meaning of Fortunato 's name and his destiny, as well as Montresor 's response to his own. The last way irony is used is dramatic irony, this can be seen by any reader, this occurs when Montresor tells Fortunato he is also a mason.
In the story of The Ransom of Red Chief the story and movie were very different. However they had some similarities. Some of which include them kidnapping Red Chief. In both stories this was the main point, so therefore these two were alike in the story and movie. Once they reached the caves Red Chief and Bill played a couple of games while they were there. Also in both the story and movie Bill gets hit in the eye with a brick by Red Chief.
“The Ransom of Red Chief” by O. Henry contains several marvelous examples of irony. First of all, the story begins in a tranquil village called Summit which was handpicked by two kidnappers, Bill and Sam, who decided to kidnap a little boy in Summit called Red Chief because they presumed that Red Chief’s father, Ebenezer Dorset, would give them a lot of money, but, ever since the beginning, Bill and Sam who assume the roles of Old Hank and Snake-eye, respectively, in Red Chief’s game notice something quite peculiar about this boy. This boy is acting like he is having the time of his life, and he has so much energy that he completely terrorizes Bill. One day, when Sam asks Red Chief if he wants to go home, Red Chief answers with a childish,
The movie version of “The Ransom of Red Chief,” is better than the short story by O. Henry because more characters are introduced, the story has a humorous and lighthearted tone, and there is more conflict. The changes and additions needed to make improvements to the story include having more action, using more characters, and showing Red Chief with more emotion.
Edgar Allan Poe uses the literary device irony to further emphasize the message his stories. In his short story, “The Cask of Amontillado,” he masterfully incorporates irony into his story to make it more interesting. Montresor convinces Fortunato to come into the catacombs with him for a taste of a fine wine. Fortunato knows nothing about Montresor’s plan to murder him deep within these catacombs. Poe uses all three kinds of irony in this story to create a much more riveting tale.
O.Henry is a mastermind behind his use of irony as he was using his irony to entertain the reader throughout the story. He was also using humor, and mainly using Johnny, and his actions to entertain and make the reader laugh. O.Henry was also using the perfect combination of words to paint a picture in the reader's head which definitely helped me understand the plot line much better. O.Henry's funny writing style definitely had showed itself in many great ways in his short story The Ransom of Red