The Cask of Amontillado Essay example

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Edgar Allen Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado," is a story of revenge to the highest degree. This theme is evident in the first sentence, "the thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge." The suggestion of vengeance is repeated several more times in the opening paragraph. Poe gives us a view at premeditated murder from the details in his story told through the eyes of Montresor. While he carefully removes unnecessary parts of the story, Poe elaborately and vividly relates this bone-chilling tale of revenge while keeping his audience waiting for more. The theme of Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado" is reprisal and he uses all the elements of fiction (plot, setting, …show more content…
I shall not die of a cough." To this Montresor replies, "true--true," for he knows exactly what Fortunato will be dying from very shortly.
An additional example of irony used in the dialogue between the characters deals with masonry. While in the catacombs, Fortunato makes a gesture at Montresor, but he does not understand what it means. Fortunato makes the gesture again and when he sees that Montresor still does not understand, he says, "Then you are not of the brotherhood." Montresor questions how, to which Fortunato replies, "You are not of the masons." Montresor insists he is, but Fortunato does not believe him and asks him for a sign. Montresor holds up his trowel (a tool used by masons), but Fortunato believes his ‘friend' to be joking, since it obviously is not the "sign of the brotherhood," and insists on going to the Amontillado. The bit of irony in this instance is that Montresor was inferring to the masonry skills that he was about to show to Fortunato as he walls Fortunato into his tomb. Fortunato is entirely unaware of this, but the reader begins to understand what is about to occur. Poe uses this opportunity to once again tip his readers off as to what is going to happen to Fortunato. Language is used throughout "The Cask of Amontillado" as Fortunato and Montresor make small talk at the carnival and then on their way through the crypt. The mere fact that

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