The Cask Of Amontillado Dramatic Irony Analysis

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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. Situational is when one thing is expected, but another happens. Starting with the title, “The Cask of Amontillado,” cask are barrels that are used as wine storage, but also is derived from the same word as casket. While Fortunato seeks a cask of…show more content…
You are rich, respected, admired, beloved; you are happy as once I was. You are a man to be missed. For me it is no matter. We will go back; you will be ill, and I cannot be responsible” (Poe). The reader is aware of Montresor’s murderous plans, while Fortunato has yet to have a clue as he is invited in the catacombs for some wine. This is one other time that Montresor uses reverses psychology to get what he wants. He knows that it will only make Fortunato want to keep on going. Montresor does not want a little cough to be responsible for Fortunato’s death as he wants to take full credit. Fortunato even says, “Enough… the cough is a mere nothing; it will not kill me. I shall not die of a cough,” only to have Montresor reply “True – true,” (Poe). Montresor may seem compassionate and supportive, but it could be indicating that he is agreeing that the cough indeed will not be Fortunato’s
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