The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allan Poe Essay examples

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“The Cask of Amontillado” is one of Edgar Allan Poe’s best known horror stories. Poe tells the horrific events that added up to Fortunato’s death. Throughout the story, Poe uses dramatic, situational, and verbal irony, as well as foreshadowing to create suspense. These elements are present to show the characterization of Montresor as a clever and cruel killer. The irony throughout “The Cask of Amontillado” reveals the characterization of Montresor. Dramatic irony is found throughout the entire story, as Fortunato does not clue into Montresor’s plan to kill him. Montresor reveals many clues that he is planning on killing him, but Fortunato does not clue in. Montresor’s motives to kill Fortunato show what kind of person he really is. He is a very cruel person, as he did not think twice about killing his friend. Poe says, “THE THOUSAND INJURIES of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge” (Poe 436). From the very beginning, Montresor never specifies what Fortunato has done to him to make him want to vow revenge, but it is evident that Montresor is going to murder his friend. When Montresor met up with Fortunato, he welcomed Montresor with “Warmth” (Poe 436). Montresor believed if he gave Fortunato enough wine, then he will not make rational decisions, which will lead him to the catacomb. After Fortunato becomes intoxicated, he asks for Montresor’s family motto. Although he asks for this he does not understand it because he is…

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