Symbols Of Irony In Poe's The Cask Of Amontillado

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In the short story, “The Cask of Amontillado” there is many important symbols, dialogue and scenarios that can be overlooked and still readers can have a decent picture of what the story is about, but without doubt, the one element that cannot be overlooked is the irony utilized by Montresor. This character uses his irony in addition to malevolent intelligence through the entire story, when the readers finish the story they are able to reminisce all the ironies and the malicious planning by Montresor, revealing his identity between the lines. Per example, when Montresor says “My dear Fortunato, you are luckily met. How remarkably well you are looking to-day. But I have received a pipe of what passes for Amontillado, and I have my doubts” (Poe …show more content…
Nevertheless, making the sketch of a crime is very hard for a writer, and for a reader to understand it, requires the knowledge and high senses to detect key elements. However, in the case with the Cask of Amontillado, proves that this success is possible and more easy that is thought. Indeed the main character Montresor reaches the end absolutely unpunished; after having his revenge against his offender. Montresor achieves the stated objective that is to commit a crime without being punished by the law. Moreover, Poe pushes things a little bit further in the way on how ironic aspects molds suspense in his plots: “Come, we will go back ere it is too late. Your cough-“It is nothing,” he said I broke and reached him a Flaçon of De Grâve. He emptied at a breath” (Poe 251). This irony can be taken as an undisguised scorn, and with a hint of black humor. From, Montresor knows that the cough is not going to kill him, but it would be something else, this can be deducted when Montresor delivers a wine of Grâve that can be taken literally as the word “grave” a foreshadowing and irony on how Montresor is giving him the wine that makes possible to make Fortunato dig his own …show more content…
In few words, Poe writes his fiction only when he has already decided what will be its outcome and what emotional response or effect will cause to the readers. Only once, such term has been determined, Poe can decide the other issues relevant to the composition of the work, including, for example the theme and symbolism. Poe utilizes setting irony to create a subliminal message to the readers to contrast the personalities of both main characters and how they end up in opposite setting poles. Per example, the carnival main characteristics are that is meant for people to be happy, free, having some fun and being any identity that they want to pretend to be. This can be reflected in Fortunato behavior since he is drunk and literally dressed as a fool: “The man wore motley. He had on a tight-fitting parti-striped dress, and his head was surmounted by the conical cap and bells” (Poe 248). Moreover, Fortunato does not have then intention to be seen as a fool, but on how the story develops in irony. At the end the irnoy takes over when Fortunato is fooled to go to underground catacombs, in that moment he lost his freedom and security at the carnival when he got fooled to entere the dark and shadowy world of Montresor in the underground catacombs which ironically reflect Montresor personality

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