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The Use And References Of Symbolism And Irony In "The Cask Of Amontillado"

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This story is told to us in a first person point of view. The narrator (Montresor) starts by telling us that Fortunato has hurt him in such a horrible way, that it was an insult to him. He must now get revenge for this and this Fortunato will meet his end; he meets Fortunato, who happens to be dressed as a jester at a carnival celebration that has taken place in the beginning. Montresor mentioned that he has a rare sherry called Amontillado in his possession. Fortunato expresses great interest in wanting to verifying and drinking this rare sherry authenticity. Once convinced Montresor takes Fortunato to under underground catacombs’ of his family, this is where he says that he has this rare wine. As they go deeper into the catacombs Montresor gives him a Medoc and later will give him a Flagon de Grave, to keep him drunk until they reach their point. As they keep going Fortunato keeps coughing because of the damp air and the niter, which is all around them,Montresor keep insisting that they return to the others, but Fortunato keeps insisting that the cough is nothing and that they should carry on to the Amontillado. Halfway to their reaching point Fortunato does a gesture that he did not understand, they both start talking about masonry; one was referring to a brotherhood and the other was referring to the work of a mason. Eventually they walk into a room in the catacombs, Montresor then puts Fortunato into a human sized hole that’s in the wall, he then put the chains on Fortunato so that he will not be able to get away once he is no longer under the influence. Soon Montresor starts to brick up the hole with Fortunato within it, Fortunato starts to laugh thinking that it’s all just a joke and tells Montresor that they well all have a good jest about this as we drink the amontillado… before Montresor finishes up the final tier of bricks he hears Fortunato start to yell and out of his own madness he yells, and screams back at him; then Montresor finishes bricking up the wall, he then calls out Fortunato name out twice but he gets no response back. Before Montresor leaves the catacombs he starts to feel
sick, but for what he has done but because of the dampness of the catacombs, but now that the job is done he leaves the catacombs. The amount of Usage and References of Symbolism and Irony evident in Edgar Allan Poe's’ “The Cask of Amontillado”. The symbolism of any object, person, place, or experience that represents more than what it is. The Irony of any person or object is opposite of what is intended such as Verbal and Dramatic Irony.
In this story the character of Montresor responded to Symbolism… like Montresor name, in the story it means Treasure and for many reasons. In an article titled ‘Symbolism and Irony in “The Cask of Amontillado,”’ says that the treasure the narrator possesses is the knowledge of the perfect revenge on Fortunato. It also symbolizes the great quality of how Montresor’s mind works in his plan for his great revenge....

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