Irony Essay The Cask Of Amontillado

Edgar Allan Poe's classic short story, "The Cask of Amontillado," is loaded with irony, and there are several excellent examples of verbal irony to be found. My favorite comes when Fortunato, who is suffering from a cold and is bothered by the nitre on the walls of the catacombs, tells Montresor that

     "... the cough's a mere nothing; it will not kill me. I shall not die of a cough."     "True—true," I replied...

Montresor...

Edgar Allan Poe's classic short story, "The Cask of Amontillado," is loaded with irony, and there are several excellent examples of verbal irony to be found. My favorite comes when Fortunato, who is suffering from a cold and is bothered by the nitre on the walls of the catacombs, tells Montresor that

     "... the cough's a mere nothing; it will not kill me. I shall not die of a cough."
     "True—true," I replied...

Montresor already knows how Fortunato's end will actually come.

Another example comes when Fortunato asks Montresor if he is a Mason (a secretive fraternal organization). Montresor answers in the affirmative.

     "Yes, yes," I said; "yes, yes."
     "You? Impossible! A mason?"
     "A mason," I replied.
     "A sign," he said, "a sign."
     "It is this," I answered, producing from beneath the folds of my roquelaire a trowel. 
     "You jest," he exclaimed, recoiling a few paces.

The trowel Montresor produces is a tool for masonry, and within a few minutes, Fortunato will recognize the true nature of this ironic twist.

Another example of verbal irony comes when Montresor and Fortunato toast one another.

     "I drink," he said, "to the buried that repose around us."
     "And I to your long life."

Fortunato unknowingly toasts to himself, for he will soon join the dead that repose; Montresor jokingly toasts to Fortunato's life, which he knows will not be a long one.

Yet another example comes when Fortunato ironically congratulates Montresor for the vengeful nature of his family motto.

     "And the motto?"
"Nemo me impune lacessit."
"Good!" he said.

The Montresor motto means "No one attacks me with impunity." Fortunato has just applauded the motto that will soon be implemented upon him by Montresor.

A final irony is bestowed upon Fortunato, who still does not recognize that it is not Luchesi who is the fool.

     "Proceed," I said; "herein is the Amontillado. As for Luchesi—"
     "He is an ignoramus," interrupted my friend, as he stepped unsteadily forward...

In the end, it is Fortunato who is the "ignoramus" for blindly following Montresor to the exact location marked for his final resting place.

Essay about “The Cask of Amontillado” --- Full of Irony

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Edgar Allan Poe is a famous writer in writing detective stories and horror stories. One of his horror stories, “The Cask of Amontillado” was talking about how a man took his revenge to his friend. However, to look deeply in this story, I found that this story was not just simply a horror tale about how a man gets his revenge in the safest way. Instead, it also demonstrates much irony in several areas: the title, the event, the season, the costume, the environment, the characters’ personalities, a man’s dignity and cockiness and at the end, the public order. he are The first thing that I found ironic in Poe’s story is its title, “The Cask of Amontillado”. Without reading this story, it was difficult for me to understand why Poe used this…show more content…

However, in Montresor’s eyes, this “carnival” is a crazy event, since he was going to kill someone in this “carnival”. Therefore, during the event, Montresor wore a “black silk mask” and a “roquelaure”. Here, “black” can symbolize as a dead, evil and unlucky thing. It is just like the conspiracy that he set for Fortanato, without any hope and future. On the other hand, Fortanato wore a “tight-fitting parti-striped dress”, which is full of joy and happiness in the event. At this point, besides the season, the author also shows irony in Fortanato’s costume. It is because nobody would dress in colorful attire in his own funeral. It seems stupid for Fortanato dressed in this way. In addition, the place that Montresor chose to kill Fortanato is also sarcastic. It seems abnormal that the “vaults” were situated inside the “catacombs”. When they were looking for the wine, Fortanato did not suspect anything even when he saw the “bones” and “catacombs”. He still kept on asking where the “Amontillado” was. Ridiculously, while they were drinking the wine in order to keep themselves warm, Fortanato said that he drank to “the buried that repose around them”. Whereas, Montresor said that he drank “to your long life”. Surely, what Montresor said is ironic; He certainly knew that Fortanato would not have a “long life” since he would kill him soon. Perhaps, what Montresor means here is that Fortanato may

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