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Analysis of a Gothic Short Story by Poe In one of Poe's most famous short stories, The Cask of Amontillado, he details the narrator, Montressor's, pursuit of revenge on Fortunato, a pompous wine-connoisseur. Poe uses many literary devices in his analysis of Montressor's actions to illustrate the gothic-realism of Fortunato's death. Pride and revenge anchor this strange tale filled of irony and vivid, descriptive imagery. This particular story epitomizes Poe's work during the late nineteenth century, which has been put into two distinct categories as a part of his collection Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque. The Cask of Amontillado falls into the category of the 'grotesque' which deals more realistically with human interaction because of the bizarre atmosphere and unpredictable plot developments.Emotion and manipulation course through nearly every sentence of the story. Montressor's mode of revenge is very complex and interesting; he avenges himself by fooling Fortunato into literally walking into his own grave. Montressor easily coerces Fortunato, the avid lover of wine, "through several suites of rooms to the archway that led into the vaults", containing the cask of Amontillado (Pg. 9). He continually asks whether Fortunato would like to leave thus creating a false sense of security, removing him of fear. This ultimately confuses Fortunato and leads into the irony of his death. Poe evokes emotions such as fear and amazement from the reader dually, while leading Fortunato into the vault with such careful manipulation by Montressor. This juxtaposition of such extreme and polar feelings, fear and amazement, frustrates the reader as it foreshadows Fortunato's fate. Another example of irony comes in the statement made by Montressor that he and Fortunato ought to return from the "damp ground of the catacombs" because Fortunato's "health is precious" (pg. 9).Poe...

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