Irony occurs when a character or reader expects one situation to occur, but the opposite happens. It also takes place when a character says something, but the readers know he is suggesting another concept. Fortunato forms an increasingly dangerous cough in the catacombs and Montresor tells Fortunato, “You are rich, respected, admired, beloved; you are happy, as once I was. You are a man to be missed” (375). Montresor says all cordial comments about Fortunato making him believe Montresor cares about his health.
Comparative Study Similarities and Differences between The Tell-Tale Heart and The Cask of Amontillado, both by Edgar Allen Poe The Tell-Tale Heart and The Cask of Amontillado both are written by Edgar Allan Poe. Both of the stories are based on murder and darkness depicting the horror genre. Edgar Allan Poe wrote the short story The Tell-Tale Heart in the year 1843 and The Cask of Amontillado in the year 1846, were some of his last works. This essay examines the differences and similarities between these two stories.
In “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe, the author uses verbal irony to create suspense in order to engage their readers. Poe provides many hints as to what is going to happen to Fortunato throughout the story. This is done for the sake of keeping the reader’s imagination running while also leaving them on their toes anticipating what is going to happen next. For this to be created Poe uses verbal irony. For example, when Fortunato declares, ‘“... the cough’s a mere nothing; it will not kill [him].
The first ironic implement about the story is Fortunato’s name. The name Fortunato is a cognate for the word fortunate. This ties in with the theme of revenge because Fortunato is about to suffer an extremely unfortunate fate. Irony and foreshadow is found when Montresor and Fortunato first enter the catacomb. Fortunato begins to cough due to the dampness and nitre in the catacomb.
I shouted across the lawn. ‘You 're worth the whole damn bunch put together.’” (The Great Gatsby, 154). This is one of the last things that Nick has ever said to Gatsby before he is eliminated by George Wilson. While Gatsby was in love with the image of Daisy and falling even deeper in love, Nick was falling for Gatsby’s image in a sense.
Bill Nye once said, “Humor is everywhere in that there's irony in just about anything a human does.” Bill Nye touches on the fact that irony is just something we can’t escape in our day to day life. Irony is also a large part of literature and movies. In the story “The Cask of the Amontillado” the main character Montresor is murdering a man deep underground, while a joyful parade is going on above. This is situational irony, one of three types of irony in literature and life.
For instance, Poe uses different types of irony in the short story The Tell-Tale Heart to build suspense and tension, making the reader wonder whether the character will kill the old man or get caught. “I loved this old man… I think it was his eye... I made up my mind to take the life of the old man and thus rid myself of the eye forever.” (paragraph 2) This is an example of verbal irony.
Edgar Allen Poe’s short story The Black Cat immerses the reader into the mind of a murdering alcoholic. Poe himself suffered from alcoholism and often showed erratic behavior with violent outburst. Poe is famous for his American Gothic horror tales such as the Tell-Tale Heart and the fall of the House of Usher. “The Black Cat is Poe’s second psychological study of domestic violence and guilt. He added a new element to aid in evoking the dark side of the narrator, and that is the supernatural world.”
“Behind the wall” Suspense is used to bring fear Into a person's mind. In Edgar Allen Poe’s exciting story “The Cask of the Amontillado”, He creates a dark and suspenseful mood. Montresor has been plotting revenge on Fortunato, and the suspenseful mood lead Montresor to force the last stone into position and listen to the wails of Fortunato “low moaning cries”. From the beginning Poe used Montresor to create a suspenseful theme that leads another man locked behind a wall for eternity. The Suspenseful tone is seen through the word of Montresor.
A fan favorite of Poe’s work is “The Cask of Amontillado.” The short story focuses on a man who seeks revenge against a man who insulted him. He conveniently meets the intoxicated man at a carnival before luring him into the catacombs and burying him alive (River 733-738). The narrative’s theme balances between revenge and mortality. It teaches that revenge can come at a hefty price, and it spotlights the anxieties people have involving death (“Cask of Amontillado Themes,” Schmoop).
Based on the fact that Montressor is able to indulge in fine wines and thinks highly of himself leads me to believe that he is at least of average social class. However, you can tell that people such as Fortunato still look down upon him. Montressor is an unreliable narrator because he never provides proof as to how Fortunato has “injured” him in the past and he always tries to cover up his flaws. 2. The “You” addressed in the first paragraph is the person that Montressor is recounting the murder of Fortunato to.
“He had a weak point… He prided himself on his connoisseurship in wine…” (Poe, 360). Montresor use of verbal irony demonstrates that the murder is premeditated. “... the cough… it will not kill me…” states Fortunato who receives “True-true…” as a response from Montresor (Poe, 362).
Edgar Allen Poe had a tragic life. Throughout his life he suffered many loses which influenced him to write the “Cask Of Amontillado”. The story is about Montresor’s revenge on Fortunato. Montresor comes up with an elaborate plan to carry out his revenge on Fourtunato. Throughout this story Montresor holds a conversation with Fortunato being really nice and polite even though he is planning to murder Fortunato.
In Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado,” irony is applied throughout to help foreshadow future and give more of an insight to the readers, all while adding some humor. Irony is divided into three main types: dramatic, situational, and verbal. Poe uses dramatic irony when he has Fortunato dress as a jester, “a tight-fitting parti-striped dress and his was surmounted by the conical cap and bells” (Poe). The get-up makes Fortunato looks foolish and foreshadows his actions of following Montresor into the catacombs to taste some wine. Montresor even compliments the outfit and says “My dear Fortunato, you are luckily met” (Poe), but it was not Fortunato who was in luck, but Montresor who would gain profit of their meeting.