The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allan Poe

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Usually any object, name, place, or thing symbolizes something else besides its original significance. For example a skull can represent danger or warn anyone that something can harm them or be deadly. Dramatic Irony, an unexpected activity that occurs from the expected outcome, is used in the story. Verbal Irony, a twist in words that shifts the meaning to an opposite direction is also used in “The Cask of Amontillado”. For example watching the downpour rain and stating “Great day for a picnic, right? Being verbally ironic can also be described as being sarcastic towards something or to make fun of anyone. This is used to catch the reader’s attention and add a little suspense to the story. These two combinations of Ironic and Symbolic examples are used in the story.
In the story, Montresor, a young man with pride is offended by his so called best friend Fortunato. It is unknown what Fortunato did to Montresor or in what way montresor was offended, but it upset him so much that he seeked revenge to satisfy himself. It may not have been something so serious because Fortunato was a foolish man who probably joked about everything and didn’t mean to offend him. His intentions might have been to play around and enjoy a joke, but instead Montresor took it very serious. Montresor holds his family motto to be “’Nemo me impune lacessit.’” (Poe22). Which in English translates to “nobody harms me without being punished” Says Lorcher. This motto says a lot from him and his family it shows that he’s vengative and won’t forgive you for your mistakes. This also means if you do something to him he will have to get you back. At the end of the story Montresor does punish Fortunato by chaining
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him up against the wall and builds a wall with the bricks. Fortunato’s death is caused by the dampness from the catacombs that he was breathing.
Lorcher states that “the word Fortunato means fortunate in Italy.” which is an ironic name for someone about to be walled up in the catacombs.” It was ironic because fortunate means to have luck and fortunato had no luck when he was about to be killed by Montresor in the catacombs. Montresor took advantage of Fortunato being drunk to chain him and build the wall where he would stay and die. Fortunato had a very cruel way of death because after he was inside the wall so many things might have crossed his mind about dying the way he did.
Fortunato can be described as a man who has pride because he “prided himself on his connoisseurship in wine” (Poe20) he had the ability to have the “true virtuoso spirit” (Poe20) to distinguish the wine of good quality.
Lorcher comments that “Fortunato is dressed as a fool, a symbolic representation of what he is.” In the story Fortunato looked like a fool with his “
tight-fitting parti-striped dress” (poe21) his outfit represented his foolishness attitude. In reality Fortunato was a fool he thought he had more knowledge than anyone but he didn’t because he was easily fooled by...

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