Symbolism And Irony In The Cask Of Amontillado

1734 words - 7 pages

Symbolism is something that represents more than what it really is. It is often by authors in their writing to give it more emphasis. For example:" In life there will always be peaks and valleys" meaning in life there will be ups and downs but we should enjoy the peaks and fight through the valleys. Objects can also be a form of symbolism such as The Bible, it represents more than just a book. It represents Life, Church, Religion, and the life of Jesus Christ and what he stood for. Irony is like a twist or words or the opposite of what is intended. For example: Laughing at someone that just slipped and fell, then later you find yourself slipping and falling is a form of irony. Irony is found in real life situations as well as writings. Symbolism is a technique that gives authors a better story and shows objects as more than what they are. They use techniques like this to catch the reader’s attention.
In the short story "The Cask of Amontillado" a man that could possibly be insane seeks revenge on another man after being insulted. Montresor, being the one that was insulted conjures up a plan to get vengeance on Fortunato the man that insulted him so terribly. Montresor runs into Fortunato at a carnival purposely, he then mentions a unique rare wine named Amontillado. This rare wine attracts Fortunatos attention immediately and he becomes interested in this wines authenticity. Montresor teases Fortunato by mentioning Luchresi,implying that he didn't think of Fortunato first and was going to see Luchresi about the Amontillado. Fortunato insists that that he must try this wine and while doing so insults Luchresis' skills in wine judging. Montresor then invites Fortunato to try the wine in his "vaults" where the wine is kept. Once they reach the "catacombs" Montresor offers "medoc" to Fortunato to sooth his continuous cough. Montresor lures him further and further into the underground graveyard while Fortunato becomes more intoxicated. Along the way Fotunato does a secret hand gesture, implying a question. He is asking Montresor if he is of the "Mason Brotherhood". Montresor then responds by pulling out his" trowel" from his "roquelaire" and says "Yes, yes,”. When they reach the end of the catacombs, Montresor chains up Fortunato to a man size hole in the wall and begins bricklaying with his trowel. Fortunato is not aware of this because he is intoxicated and thinks it is a joke. Once he realizes that Montresor isn't letting him out, he starts to beg Montresor to let him out screaming "For the love of God, Montresor!". Montresor starts to yell back out of complete madness and looks at him with a supreme look, and continues to lay the bricks on one by one. Montresor then leaves him to die, and fifty years later no one is aware of what has come of Fortunato. "IN PACE REQUIESCAT!" (Poe25).
In “The Cask of Amontillado” Montresor is mad man that was insulted and was pushed to his limit ,and in order to make himself feel better he...

Find Another Essay On Symbolism and Irony in The Cask of Amontillado

Poe's Theory and Practice Reflected in The Cask of Amontillado

1100 words - 4 pages Poe's Theory and Practice Reflected in The Cask of Amontillado    Edgar Allan Poe, author of "brilliant reviews, poems, and stories," was born in 1809, and sadly died, a young man, in 1849 (665). To truly understand Poe, one must note the time period in which he wrote. It was an age of Literary Realism and Dark Romanticism, which was Poe's arena. The concept of "New Literary Criticism" was not yet mainstream. However, Poe

Protagonists Montresor and Fortunato in Poe's The Cask Of Amontillado

542 words - 2 pages Protagonists Montresor and Fortunato in Poe's The Cask Of Amontillado Poe's story "The Cask Of Amontillado" introduces two protagonists, Montresor and Fortunato who were friends. The encounters the two men had was hatred and revenge that turned to murder on the behalf of Montressor. The encounter for Fortunato was the appearance of his naivety but he encountered a deadly consequence. Montressor was an angry but proud man who felt that

The Cask of Amontillado

1260 words - 6 pages In the Cask of Amontillado, the author's use of irony, foreshadowing and setting develops the steps of vengeance Montresor creates to obtain his ultimate revenge on Fortunato. Irony develops the false characteristics Montresor conveys to intentionally trick Fortunato into following through his premeditated plan of revenge and his lust of betrayal. Foreshadowing surmounts the ability to reveal exactly what the results are at the end of the story

The Cask Of Amontillado

547 words - 2 pages a true mason. Fortunado realizes his plight but it's too late, he tried to appeal to Montresor's emotions but to no avail.Montresor is evil and shows no remorse for what he has done. Even half a century later as he tells about it he says "May he rest in peace." There is a feeling that Montresor is still harboring hate for Fortunato, who turns out not to be fortunate as his name holds to mean. Montresor lies in his death bed unpunished for his crime. In pace requiescat! (95) WORK CITED Edgar Allan Poe, "Cask of Amontillado"

"The Cask of Amontillado"

657 words - 3 pages Fortunato notices several catacombs of several of his ancestors, but doesn't realize that he will soon be dead in one of them. Fortunato is lured by Montresor into one of them, and dies trapped inside. The Cask of Amontillado is a story full of suspense, fear, and revenge; from the beginning of the story until the end. The reader is always prepared for the events that are about to come, but doesn't keep him from being shocked. And most importantly the irony is something that can not be missed on this story; the least fortunate on the whole story, is called Fortunato.

The Cask of Amontillado

819 words - 3 pages Pride is a self-destructive personality trait that can and will unavoidably cause ones downfall. Pride was one of central focuses in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado". The story portrayed a man, Montresor (protagonist), whom was motivated by revenge because his pride was injured. His pride caused him to persuade a "friend", Fortunato, to go into The Montresor family catacomb in order to get Fortunatos "expert" judgment on some wine

The Cask Of Amontillado

745 words - 3 pages reader is allowed to see Montresor's reference to his family crest and family motto as the reason for his future actions. This is important, as Montresor must hide his true feelings in order to trap his prey. Poe uses the setting to perfect effect in "The Cask of Amontillado." At the outset, the story is taking place around dusk. This alludes to the sun setting on Fortunato's life. From this point the story moves away from the festivities

The Cask of Amontillado

884 words - 4 pages The Cask of Amontillado "I must not only punish, but punish with impunity. A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong." With these ferverous words from the introductory paragraph of Edgar Allan Poe's Cask of Amontillado, the story of Montresor's revenge begins. Poe repeatedly stresses the need for

The Cask of Amontillado

532 words - 2 pages Clancy LorellCask of AmontilladoThere are many elements in a story that an author uses to bring out a central theme. Edgar A. Poe is well known for using tone and setting to help develop a theme in his writings. "The Cask of Amontillado" is no exception to Mr. Poe's use of the aforementioned techniques to develop the theme of revenge.The very first line of the story gives some clue when we read "but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge

The Cask of Amontillado - 1019 words

1019 words - 4 pages The Cask of Amontillado The Electoral College system is a serious problem with the United States government. The Electoral College is a system for election in which each state selects electors equal in number to that of its representation in the House and Senate. (O'Connor and Sabato, 2000) This method took the election of the president and vice-president out of the people and Congress's hands, and placed it in that of the selected

The Cask of Amontillado

1790 words - 7 pages In Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado,” the main character, Montresor, leads his enemy, Fortunato, into his catacombs, and there buries him alive by bricking him up in a niche in the wall; Poe gives no actual reason for this except to say that Montresor has been “insulted” in some way. In his Science Fiction work “Usher II,” Ray Bradbury adopts many of Poe’s works in creating his story—including pieces from “TCoA.” What separates

Similar Essays

Examples Of Irony And Symbolism In The Cask Of Amontillado

1852 words - 7 pages what was going on Montresor ties him up against the wall. Fortunato thinks it’s a joke. Montresor was a Mason so he builds a wall in front of him When Montresor is in the 6th line Fortunato realizes it’s not a joke. But by this time is too late. Montresor finishes and Due to the lack of air Fortunato eventually dies. Representation of both Symbolism and Irony in “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe. The Character Montreso is a very

Evaluating Symbolism And Irony In "The Cask Of Amontillado"

1561 words - 7 pages not being fortunate while meeting his own death. They’re many examples of symbolism and irony in “The Cask of Amontillado.” Montresor meets his fake friend Fortunato and tells him about amontillado. Montresor had probably been humiliated or embarrassed by this jest, because he is angered once he lays eyes on him from a distance. Fortunato was wearing a jester outfit which makes him seem that he is not meant to be taken seriously. Once met he then

Mystery, Irony, And Imagery In The Cask Of Amontillado

1816 words - 7 pages Missing items from Works Cited Mystery, Irony, and Imagery in The Cask of Amontillado "The Cask of Amontillado" is one of Edgar Allan Poe's greatest stories. In this story Poe introduces two central characters and unfolds a tale of horror and perversion. Montresor, the narrator, and Fortunato, one of Montresor's friends, are doomed to the fate of their actions and will pay the price for their pride and jealousy. One pays the price with

This Is A Paper That Presents The Irony In Edgar Allen Poe's, "The Cask Of Amontillado."

2130 words - 9 pages he plans to use Fortunato's main weakness, his insistence that he is a wine connoisseur, to entrap and kill him. In the "The Cask of Amontillado," Edgar Allen Poe uses irony to underscore Montresor's insidious revenge.Irony, both dramatic and verbal, plays a very important role in "The Cask of Amontillado." Dramatic irony is when the reader knows something that the characters in the story do not and verbal irony is when a character says one thing