Journal 2- Literary Tool Symbolism
Edgar Allan Poe (1846) THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO
One of the literary tools that is used in Edgar Allan Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado is symbolism and irony. Poe refers to many examples throughout the short story. The first one is the dress of the Fortunato's outfit. Fortunato is dressed for a carnival, “The man wore motley. He had on a tight-fitting parti-striped dress, and his head was surmounted by the conical cap and bells”. Poe portrays him as a fool because he is dumb for following Montresor into the catacombs, all to taste some wine. In the beginning, the setting of this story takes place at a carnival. We all know that carnivals are chaotic. This where we see the beginning of Montresor chaotic mind. The title of the short story uses symbolism. The word “cask”, is a container for storing liquid. The word casket has the same root. Fortunato is drunk off wine, he is taking a journey to find the cask of amontillado, that eventually becomes his casket. Another symbolism is the names of Fortunato and Montresor. Fortunato means fortune, which he thinks he very fortunate. We know that he becomes unfortunate and dies an unfortunate fate. “Montresor” in French means my treasure. He has the best treasure of all by...