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In The Cask of Amontillado Edgar Allen Poe demonstrates the horrors of a chilling murder The narrator Montresor has vowed revenge upon his enemy Fortunato Fortunato willingly travels with his killer to his doom The reader is left awestruck and amazed at Montresors grotesque act Poe uses irony through the character of Montresor to foreshadow his enemys death One example of his use of irony through Montresor is their toast to each other Fortunato drank to the dead around them to their lives However his killer drank to the victims long life This ironic toast lends the reader a sense of what is to come The audience and Montresor know Fortunatos death is waiting around the corner Afterwards he creppily puts his arm around his victim and leads him closer to his death An ironic statement to foreshadow a murder Another use of irony through foreshadowing is in the end when Fortunato begs Montresor by stating Let us be gone Montresors reply is an ironic echoYes let us be gone The assassin wants his prey to know he will die His life will be dissipated in a short while This comment is freezing as it is comprehended Montresor is ready for the final breath of Fortunato His end is again foreshadowed to the audience Perhaps the most profound irony which foreshadows Fortunatos death is their conversation about the Masonic brotherhood The audience understands Montresors intention as he draws a trowel from his cape and proclaims to be a Mason Fortunato is clearly a member of the Mason brotherhood However it is frightfully clear Montresor is an entirely different kind of Mason Poe uses this profound scene to exemplify foreshadowing through irony Poes reflection of irony through foreshadowing is plainly evident in The Cask of Amatillado His character Montresor states his intentions time and again with irony The reader knows Fortunato will not live a long life as requested by the murderer It is clear
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