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

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Edgar Allen Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado" is a carefully crafted tale about revenge. The story takes place in Italy during carnival festivities. Montresor is our sinister narrator who explains how his friend, Fortunato, has deeply insulted him. The reader is never told what Fortunato did to make Montresor want to kill him, so we don't really know if the main character is reliable or not. All we know is that Montresor wants Fortunato dead, so 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 but means something else. Firstly, the story starts out at a carnival; this in itself is ironic, because a horrible crime is about to happen during a celebratory time. Montresor tries to hide his grotesque deed during a time filled with happiness. In addition, our victim, Fortunato, is wearing a clown's costume. This is very suiting for him since Montresor intends to make a fool out of him as part of his demise. Creatively, Poe gives the victim the name, Fortunato, but he is anything but fortunate which sets the ironic tone of the story. Montresor explains that he is deeply insulted by his friend Fortunato and intends to kill him; however, he will not show any form of anger: "...neither by word nor deed had I given Fortunato cause to doubt my good will. I continued, as was my wont, to smile in his face, and he did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his immolation" (415). It is very ironic, that in spite of his decision of killing Fortunato, Montresor continued smiling in his face. When the two friends meet each other, they behave as usual, but now Montresor's smile had another meaning for himself. Only the reader knows his true intent. Next, when Montresor greets his "friend" he is very kind, even affectionate towards him. He greets Fortunato: "My dear Fortunato, you are luckily met. How remarkable well you are looking today" (416). I personally find this moment quite amusing. Here is Montresor acting all friendly to the man he has already decided to murder. He then calls his friend "lucky" to have met up with him. How is his friend lucky in any way? We know what Montresor's real intentions are and know that this greeting has another meaning. Furthermore, Fortunato has a cold and is dressed as a clown. This is ironic since Montresor states how well Fortunato is looking today. He is looking well for Montresor, because he is already sick and is dressed like a fool. Montresor is happy to take advantage of that.Montresor tries very hard to entice Fortunato to taste his sherry. He does this very cleverly; with reverse psychology. He insists that his...

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