The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allan Poe Essay

818 Words Dec 10th, 2015 4 Pages
A Revengeful Murder
Edgar Allan Poe is known for his dark, mysterious short stories; “The Cask of Amontillado” is a prime example of one of them. A main theme present in this story is revenge and that is constantly made known through the use of irony. This story is set in a European city in a year that was never clarified. In “The Cask of Amontillado” two main characters that are very different from one another experience a conflict at some point. During the story Poe describes their journey and the very unfortunate outcome of it. Throughout this story Montresor is fulfilling his family motto by getting Fortunato back for insulting him at some point in time, and he stops at nothing to finally rid himself of the wrath of Fortunato. This story is filled with mystery, deception, and vengeance. In Edgar Allan Poe’s writings he emphasizes irony, in “The Cask of Amontillado” it is used in many different ways.
Edgar Allan Poe intertwines the use of irony in the name of his characters present in “The Cask of Amontillado.” His primary use is through one of the main characters named Fortunato. Fortunato is a Latin word meaning “luck” or is French for “the fortunate one;” throughout the story it is made known that it is quite the opposite. Fortunato’s arrogance and cocky temperament has landed him on the bad side of Montresor, another main character in the story. Something Fortunato did to Montresor has caused Montresor to have a hatred towards him, which will lead to the death of…

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