Irony In Edgar Allen Poe's The Cask Of Amontillado

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THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO The short story by Edgar Allen Poe contains various critics in terms of its design and preciseness has over the years critically analyzed “The Cask of Amontillado.” In this paper, it will look at a critical review that was provided by Thomas Olive Mabbot from the Carlson University of Connecticut. He mainly focusses on the irony that is in the story to provide his analytical view in regards to this story (Sova 45). The irony in this story begins in the first line of the opening sentence whereby it is quoted as; ‘The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge (218).’ This is quite ironical because in reality, people are more accustomed to hearing things such as, ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.’ However, in this case, the narrator states the opposite that the physical injuries that he has endured over the years, from Fortunato did not bother him, that he could bear them. What he could not bear was the insults of his family name by Fortunato. This is what made him swear revenge in regards to the issue at hand (Poe 144-148). Another ironical thing in the story is shown in the name of Fortunato. Fortunato is an Italian…show more content…
For instance, she relates the names of the characters that have been used in the story. She states that their names seem to be an echo of each other. When one looks at the name Montresor, i.e. of the narrator, one sees that this name carries the idea of being ‘treasure.’ On the other hand, the name Fortunato means ‘fortune.’ It is like the name of the narrator and the protagonist carry the same meaning i.e. they are two sides of the same coin. As they are walking in the damp passageway leading to the chamber, Montresor offers Fortunato two drinks i.e. Medoc a drink believed to have medicinal powers, and DeGrave, which means ‘of the
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