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 catacombs of the Montressors and there, he buried Fortunato alive with "in pace requiescat" as his last words. Edger Allan Poe was famous for the use of Irony and Symbolism in his stories and this story is one of his masterpiece where he showed his talent. The cask of Amontillado have many Irony and Symbolism in it threw out the whole story. In this paper I am going to discuss about the irony in the story setting, the symbolism which shows the reverse physiology used by Montressor in his speech and other irony and symbolism in the story.

The setting of the story have several ironic meaning which describe the faith which Fortunato will face at the end of the story. The story began at dusk which gives an ironic meaning because the beginning of the story marks the end of Fortunato’s life. The time dusk stands for the end of Fortunato’s life in this story. As the beginning of the story starts with the end of the day it is ironic. Another irony in the setting is the Montressor’s catacombs. When Montressor told Fortunato that he have Amontillado in his catacomb Fortunato didn’t believed it at first as because it is a very rare wine. Fortunato thought of himself as an expert in wine,…...

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