Examples of Irony in "The Cask of Amontillado"
Fortunato means fortunate in Italian, an ironic name for someone about to be walled up in the catacombs.
Montresor's behavior toward Fortunato is described as follows: "It must be understood that 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."
Montresor's first words to Fortunato are "My dear Fortunato, you are luckily met." Fortunato thinks Montresor means he is happy to see him because of his expertise. What Montresor means is the meeting is lucky because the carnival presents an excellent time for murder.
Montresor's continued efforts to talk Fortunato out of coming with him only serve to excite the latter and encourage his coming.
Montresor's instructions to his servants demonstrate his mastery of human psychology: "I had told them that I should not return until the morning and had given them explicit orders not to stir from the house. These orders were sufficient, I well knew, to insure their immediate disappearance , one and all, as soon as my back was turned."
Fortunato exclaims, "I will not die of a cough." Montresor responds, "true." It appears to be a hopeful statement. It's actually a wicked statement. He then drinks to Fortunato's "long life," which Montresor soon ends.
The conversation regarding the Masons demonstrates an ironic misunderstanding: Fortunato refers to the Masonic order, a secret society of brothers; Montresor pulls out a trowel, a reference to bricklayers. In that respect, Montresor is a mason.
Fortunato's last words before being chained to the rock are "he [Luchesi] is an ignoramus." In reality, Fortunato is the ignoramus, a chained-to-the-wall ignoramus.
Montresor's reaction to the crime he commits is described as follows: "My heart grew sick -- on account of the dampness of the catacombs." His heart grows sick on account of the weather, not because he just buried a man alive. That's ironic.
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Symbolism And Irony In The Cask Of Amontillado
Symbolism can represent a character, action or a setting. It can also represent, or symbolizes something else. For example, the apple design that all the iPhone’s, iPod’s, and apple computers have, represent, or symbolizes something. The apple symbolizes “A tribute to Alan Turing, the man who laid the foundations for the modern-day computer.” In this world everything symbolizes something or represents someone or a thing. For example, figures symbols, colors, numbers, and letters they also can represent, or symbolize something. For example, the flag of the United States has three different colors, and each color symbolizes something. The flag has fifty stars, each star represents a state, it also has thirteen lines red and whites they represent the thirteen colonies.
There are three different ironies that the people use in their daily life. They are verbal irony, dramatic irony, and situational irony. Everyone uses some type of irony when they are talking with a friend, or a family member. Authors, actors and singers use them in their stories, poems, t.v. shows and songs, and etc.The most common ironies that Edgar Allan Poe uses in the story of “The Cask of Amontillado”; where verbal irony and dramatic irony.Verbal irony is when you describe something in a way that is other than it seems. For example, when you are in a car accident and you said “Lucky me!” is like saying why me? What did I do wrong? Dramatic irony occurs when the audience knows something but the characters do not. For example,is like seeing a movie that you have an idea of what is going to happen in the end of the movie. For example, in the movie of Romeo and Juliet, “Romeo thinks Juliet is dead and the audience knows she is not.” That’s what dramatic irony represents.
In the story of “The Cask of Amontillado,” is about a man named Montresor who has been insulted by Fortunato,several of times and just because he had offended him and did not wanted to endure another insult. For that reason Montresor wanted to get revenge against Fortunato. By taking him to a place that he will never come back. Throughout the entire story in “The Cask of Amontillado,” by Edgar Allan Poe they use a lot of symbolism and irony. Symbolism is an important device it adds meaning to a text. For example, the stops signs and the light that are in the street each color symbolize something. The red symbolism to stop, the yellow to slow- down and the green represent to go. Irony symbolizes what someone does not know but the audience does now. For example, when you are seeing a move and you know that the protagonist is going to stay with the most hottest guy of the movie.
The character Montresor, is a symbol of revenge according to the article of Study Mode, “an Italian aristocrat seeking revenge against the second main character.” Fortunato insulted Montresor and he “vowed revenge” (poe.20). The Italian man is Montresor who had been so patience with Fortunato, because it was not the first time that...
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