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Irony And Symbolism In “The Cask Of Amontillado”

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The cask of Amontillado is short story written by the famous American writer Edgar Allan Poe. He was poet, editor, and literary critic and considered part of the American Romantic Movement best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre. The cask of Amontillado is one of his well-known work.
In the story Montressor had this belief that Fortunato is trying to insult him and his relatives. Montressor found his chance to take revenge against Fortunato during a carnival. Montressor knew that Fortunato loves wine and other liquor. Montressor made Fortunato believe that they were just going to see an Amontillado but in fact, he is going to lead Fortunato to his death. He led him to the ...view middle of the document...

It is ironic because Fortunato thought that he can show his expertise about wine in the catacombs but in reality he showed his foolishness. The carnival at the beginning of the story also gives an ironic meaning in the story. The carnival represents celebration, happiness and life but for Fortunato it was the place where the sad story of his life got in motion. It was at the carnival where Montreesor told him about Amontillado and asked him to verify it to lure him into his catacomb where he planned to murder him.

Edgar Allan Poe also used symbolism in this story. Montreesor’s dialogues and actions are reverse physiologic symbolizing Montereesor’s manipulating nature. “I had told them that I should not return until the morning and I had given them explicit orders not to stir from the house. This orders were sufficient, I well knew, to insure their immediate disappearance, one and all, as my back was turned” (p.113). This lines symbolizes the manipulating nature of Montreesor. He knew that as soon as he will go away the servants will leave the house. So he told them that he will not come home for the night. By this he made sure there is no one to witness him murdering Fortunato. His dialogues also symbolizes his manipulating nature. When going down to the catacomb Fortunato coughed and Montreesor said “we will go back; your
health is precious. You are rich, respected, admired, beloved; you are happy, as once I was. You are a man to be missed. For me it is no matter. We will go back; you will be ill, and I
cannot be responsible. Besides, there is Luchresi——” (p.114). He said it because he knew that Fortunato was too proud of...

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