Punishment In The Cask Of Amontillado

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“I must not only punish, but punish with impunity.” (Poe, 683) These words were written in a story of Edgar Allen Poe. Many people when hurt either learn to get over what was done wrong to them while others wish to punish those that wronged them. In the story “The Cask of Amontillado” Poe writes about the second path a person takes when he or she has been wronged. This story is about two men named Montresor and Fortunato. Montresor is hurt because Fortunato did something that Montresor feels as betrayal. The story does not say what Fortunato did to Montresor but Montresor decides that he must punish Fortunato by killing him. Analyzing the story focusing on the elements of fiction: setting, symbolism and irony we can see that the theme of “The …show more content…
Above ground it “was about dusk, one evening during the supreme madness of the carnival season.” (684) The setting here is a live mardigra style of party going on where Fortunato a wine expertise can drink and be merry. Montresor wanting to punish Fortunato takes him away from this scene and unto the next setting. The next place the story takes place is at Montresor’s house. It is here that Montresor takes “two flambeaux and giving one to Fortunato, bowed him through several suites of rooms to the archway that [leads] in to the vaults.” (685) This brief setting allows Montresor to guide Fortunato to his punishment. Fortunato does not know the way and is under false pretentions that will be tasting wine that he does not realized that he is being tricked. The final setting that the story takes place is below ground. Montresor and Fortunato walk below ground entering the vault where the “walls had been lined with human remains piled to the vault overhead, in the fashion of great catacombs of Paris” (687) Here we can infer that this will be the place that Montresor will punish Fortunato. Montresor will leave Fortunato in the catacombs along with the other bones that were placed before they were …show more content…
The first irony we see is situational irony and its in the title of the story. The title is “The Cask of Amontillado” (683) the title has the word cask in it meaning barrel but the word is close to casket which means coffin. Through out the story Fortunato is under the false pretense that he will see this cask of wine but ends up seeing his casket instead. The next irony is at the beginning of the story when Montresor says “‘My dear Fortunato, you are luckily met.’” (684) This is verbal irony because Fortunato is not lucky that he Montresor has found him. He is not lucky at all because as we see at the end of the story Fortunato ends up dead at the hands of Montresor. The last irony comes when Fortunato tells Montresor that “‘the cough is mere nothing: it will not kill me’” (685) to which Montresor agrees. He knows that Fortunato will die not because of the cough but by sealing him up under ground in the

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