Essay on The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allen Poe

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Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” is a murderous tale of revenge. Poe takes the reader on a journey revealing the vengeance sought by a mad man, and the principle behind murder as a punishment justified by revenge. Drunken Fortunato pays the price for offending Montresor. Revenge, as shown in this short story, weakens a person’s grip on reality, and zeros their sight in on getting someone back. Ultimately, revenge is what drives Montresor to plot out and murder his friend Fortunato. This story of a perfect crime, or secret murder, is told creatively. Throughout the story and through the character Montresor, Poe presents ironic twists, and drops hints of Fortunato’s death. He shrewdly uses literary elements to show Fortunato’s misfortune and Montresor’s vengeful motivation leading to Fortunato’s death. In this short story, author Edgar Allen Poe explores the philosophical idea of vengeful murder. He relies heavily on the use of irony and foreshadowing to reveal the deadly nature of revenge.
“The Cask of Amontillado” is rich in irony. The irony Edgar Allen Poe included in this short story helps develop the theme of revenge. This irony, both dramatic and verbal, is used throughout the story leading up to the vengeful murder of Fortunato. Kathryn Montgomery Harris recognizes the irony present in this story in the article “Ironic Revenge In Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado”” included in “Studies in Short Fiction”. She writes, “This irony gives coherence to…

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