The Cask of Amontillado - Irony and Symbolism Essay

1267 Words Oct 22nd, 1999 6 Pages
It is Edgar Allan Poe's intense use of symbolism and irony throughout the Cask of Amontillado that establishes the short story as an indeed interesting candidate worthy of thorough analysis. The skillful use of these devices are utilized by the author to create this horrific and suspenseful masterpiece.
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<br>The Cask of Amontillado is a horror short story, which revolves around the themes of revenge and pride. The plot involves two men: Montresor, the narrator, who is an Italian aristocrat seeking revenge against the second main character: Fortunato, a proud man that boasts about his conoisseurship of wines and who finally walks to his own death.
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<br>Irony is a manner of expression through which words or events convey a reality
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<br>"The vaults are insufferably damp. They are encrusted with nitre."
<br>"Let us go, nevertheless. The cold is merely nothing. Amontillado!"
<br>( P.571)
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<br>Another memorable lines in the story are given by Montresor in response to Fortunato saying, "I will not die of a cough." To what Montresor responds, "True-- true..." And then also when the hypocritical narrator toasts to Fortunato's long life, already knowing that he was taking to effect the devilish crafted plan of revenge.
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<br>Further evidence of ironic components is found with Montresor as a "Mason". We anticipate this means he is a member of the distinguished group of men, yet he actually is a stonemason, someone whose job is to prepare and use stone for building. Montresor makes use of his skill as a mason as well as of the trowel he had shown his rival to build up the wall that will lock up unfortunate Frotunato inside the niche.
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<br>When Fortunato is trapped behind the wall his avenger built, Montresor "re-echoes" and even "surpasses" Fortunato's yelling apparently to sympathise with the victim. He is evidently being ironic since he is actually delighted by what he has done and only stops shrieking till Fortunato is silent. The story ends with Montresor's words "In pace requiescat!" (May he rest in peace). His words are unmistakably sarcastic: he has been the performer of the dreadful murder, then how could he pray for him to rest in peace?
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