The Cask Of Amontillado Literary Analysis

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In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Cask of Amontillado,” the author utilizes the literacy elements of dialogue, setting and characterization to illustrate the irony of Fortunato’s demise. One way Poe’s short story uses literacy elements to illustrate the irony of Fortunato’s demise is by using the irony of dialogue. In the upcoming quote, Montresor just opened up a bottle of wine in the catacombs and Fortunato and him are making a toast. “I drink… to the buried that repose around us.” (Poe 211). Fortunato says this not knowing that he will soon be buried with everyone around. Another way dialogue is used to illustrate the irony of Fortunato’s demise is when they enter the catacombs and Fortunato begins to cough uncontrollably. “Enough… the cough is a mere nothing, it will not…show more content…
One quote takes place in the beginning of the short story when Montresor explains that Fortunato has been drinking and he looks like a drunk joke. “The man wore motley. He had on a tight-fitting parti-stripped dress, and his head was surmounted by the conical cap and bells” (Poe 211). What he’s wearing is being described as the outfit of a jester, who told jokes. The irony is that he is the joke because of his fate. He was a joke by following Montresor to the catacombs. In the next quote, they are in the catacombs close to the execution. “Putting on a mask of black silk, and drawing a rolquelaire closely about my person, I suffered him to hurry me to my palazzo” (Poe 212). A killer does not have a uniform, but an executer typically wears a black silk mask. Knowing this the reader can sense what will happen to Fortunato. Fortunato is drunk in The beginning of the story, which affects what he does to lead him to his death. “His eyes flashed with a fierce light” (Poe 2013). Knowing how drunk he is affects his judgments for when Montresor takes him to his death, showing how he made those

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