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Ironies in The Cast of Amontillado


ironies in The Cast of Amontillado

shaking his head and telling Montresor that it is only ordinary sherry. Next, the name Fortunato means fortunate in Italian, but Fortunato is actually very unfortunate in all actuality. I shall not die of a cough. Montresor says, "How remarkably well you are looking to-day." The reader knows Montresor thinks Fortunato looks like a fool and that this is appropriate because he intends to make a fool of Fortunato. Edgar Allan Poe's classic short story, "The Cask of Amontillado is loaded with irony, and there are several excellent examples of verbal irony to be found. He will not die of a cough. When Fortunato sees the trowel he is surprised but he does not understand why Montresor should be carrying.

Verbal Irony In The Cask Of Amontillado



ironies in The Cast of Amontillado

The reader at this point can almost see a devilish gleam in Montresors eyes, for he knows exactly how Fortunato will die. Dramatic irony, when the reader or a character knows something that another character does not, is also evident the Significance of Dicks Experience in the story. He is only interested in the wine because Montresor says he got a bargain. Montresor's continued efforts to talk Fortunato out of coming with him only serve to excite the latter and encourage his coming. He is already as good as dead. The Montresor motto means "No one attacks me with impunity." Fortunato has just applauded the motto that will soon be implemented upon him by Montresor. First, the word cask means wine barrel, but casket, or coffin, also comes from the same word, so although Fortunato believes he will ultimately reach a cask of wine, he actually meets his casket.


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