Examples Of Verbal Irony In The Cask Of Amontillado

223 Words1 Page

In Edgar Allen Poe’s, “Cask of Amontillado”, Poe skillfully uses verbal irony in order to demonstrate the villainous intentions of Montresor. The first example of verbal irony is when Fortunato, the victim, toasts “to the buried that repose” and Montresor, the murderer, “And I to your long life”(page 119). By now the reader is beginning to understand. Montresor's murderous intentions by Poe’s verbally ironic statements about life and death. Another, example of verbal irony is the play of the word “masons”. Fortunato states, “Then you are not of the brotherhood.” “How?” “You are not of the Masons.” “Yes,yes; I said, “yes! Yes.” “You?Impossible! A Mason?” “A mason” I replied” “A sign”, he said.” (page 120) Poe uses this example of verbal irony

Open Document