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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“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).
The irony in both the short stories The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe and The Ransom of Red Chief by O. Henry is used to create contrast between the route the reader thinks the story will go down, or the route that seems more obvious to the reader, and the reality presented, while adding touches of humor and foreshadowing. The irony in The Cask of Amontillado adds a dark layer of humor that tells the reader about how ego can get in the way of common sense, and foreshadows to the gruesome end. Montresor is practically a master at using reverse psychology, an example of verbal irony, to manipulate others into doing what he wants. The only time Montresor ever has to use physical force on Fortunato is at the very end, when he is chaining him up. Fortunato begs to stay in
Montresor tortures Fortunato, both physiologically and physically. Montresor clearly gives Fortunato “multiple chances to escape his fate” (Delany 34), as he gives Fortunato obvious clues to his true intensions. These include leading Fortunato into a place for the dead, telling Fortunato not to go due to his severe cough that made it “impossible to reply” (Poe 5) at times, reminding Fortunato of his family arms, mentioning Luchesi, and showing Fortunato a trowel. Montresor seems to receive morbid joy out of the fact that Fortunato is so intoxicated that, just like the foot on Montresor’s coat of arms, he is unintentionally “stepping into his own destruction” (Cervo
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.
As revenge drives Montresor to go mad. He starts it nurses how fortunato's cough keeps getting worse and worse the far they walk. And how Fortunato continues to drink. Well Fortunato stupidity blinding him to see what was really going on. Montresor is now trying to decide how he wants to proceed on killing Fortunato.
Montresor told Fortunato that he is a “rich, respected, admired, beloved” (86) man. He does not actually think that. When he says he “must not only punish” (83) Fortunato, but he must “punish [him] with impunity” (83), which he does. The first step in Montresor's plan is to get Fortunato to go in the catacombs. He says to Fortunato, “Come, we will go back, your health is precious” (86).
Montresor states, “I continued , as was my in to smile in his face and he did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his immolation” (Poe 1). Montresor devises an intricate and well thought out plan to murder someone he considers a friend, he highlights the evil of humanity when the thought of killing Fortunato brings a smile to his face.
Montresor has wrath toward Fortunato for insulting and treating him less. Fortunato was tricked into thinking a different result would happen than his death. Montressor tried to make his own justice of the situation ‘’ At length, i will be avenged. ‘’ pg 83 Poe showing he's going to get back at Fortunato for what he did. “He did not perceive that my smile was at his demise’’
To begin with it is evident Montresor is showing a generous amount of kindness. Leading up to the trap Montresor ironically tries to act as if he cares about Fortunato’s safety and wellbeing. Montresor expressing that he does not want Fortunato to get sick. Fortunato begs Montresor for them to go down to the vaults to taste the amontillado but Montresor explains that he does not want Fortunato to become ill because it is so cold down there. Poe writes “My friend, no.
When Montresor tricks Fortunato into coming into the vaults with him it gets the reader on the edge of their seat wondering how Montresor will get his revenge. Poe leaves readers wondering what will happen until the climax comes and Montresor traps Fortunato in the wall of the vault for all eternity.
He states that Fortunato is a respected man, and that he will be greatly missed, and that he is happy as he once had been. He insists on turning around, and Fortunato refuses. Fortunato says that a cold shall not kill him, and he insists on moving forward. Montresor, I believe, enjoys the irony and agrees that a cold shall not kill him, because he knows that he will be the cause of Fortunato’s death. Fortunato’s lack of knowledge allows his to easily fall for Montresor’s 3rd step in his
“The Cask of Amontillado” is a marvelous story written by an incredible man, Edgar Allen Poe. It has many hidden fine points in addition to being a humorous read. “Likewise, many of Poe’s gothic tales seem to involve supernatural happenings; but insinuated into them, like clues in a detective story, are details which begin to construct dramatic frames around the narrative ‘voice’ of the work” (Roberts and Zweig pg. 531). “The Cask of Amontillado” has many symbolic and ironic details, it also has several instances of foreshadowing; this is what makes the story truly fascinating.
We will go back; you will be ill, and I cannot be responsible. [...]” This demonstrates Montresor being friendly with Fortunado and pretending to care about his condition. This shows how Montresor most likely is not completely sound in the mind because he has no problem with being normal with Fortunado. Another example is that throughout the entire story, Montresor refers to Fortunado as his “friend.” Most people would consider this inhumane and strange because he is being so kind even though he is going to murder him in such a brutal way.
Montresor then starts to easily manipulate Fortunato. Montresor uses Fortunato’s vanity against him to get what he wants. Fortunato thinks that Montresor has nothing against him and just wants him to taste wine. Fortunato goes with Montresor, and in doing this Fortunato becomes complicit in his own demise by insisting on sampling the amontillado. This allows Montresor to take control and lure Fortunato to the vaults, where Montresor becomes murderous.