The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allan Poe Essay

1067 Words Dec 2nd, 2015 5 Pages
For our last paper I decided to base my topic on “The Cask of Amontillado.” When first given the story I came to the conclusion before reading it that this would not be interesting. I was proven wrong shortly afterwards. I became quite intrigued with Edgar Allan Poe’s use of literary techniques to get his point across. “The Cask of Amontillado” was first published in November of 1846 in an issue of Godey’s Lady’s Book. While researching this topic I found that Poe had a much deeper meaning than the words that appeared on the paper. Poe’s use of irony, symbolism, and text structure each contribute to the true, dark meaning of the short story. For example, Poe uses the character’s names as a form of symbolism. The narrator, Montresor, name is a combination of two French words, montrer (to show) and sort (fate); Montresor shows his foe, Fortunato, his fate in the end. Montresor is dressed in all black and silk, representing biased revenge and wrath; he can be seen as an executor. As for Fortunato, Poe uses both symbolism and irony for his name. In Italian it translates to “the fortunate one”, which is quite ironic considering Fortunato is left unfortunate in the end. The joke 's on Fortunato who also adds to the irony by dressing in bright colors like a fool or a court jester. Montresor eventually plays Fortunato like a fool, and it ends with deadly consequences.
Even Poe’s title choice is a form a symbolism to the nature of the short story. Amontillado is a light Spanish…

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