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Irony in Edgar Allen Poes The Cask of Amontillado The Cask of Amontillado is a story wherein the reader can find a multiple array of ironic acts and intentions There are examples of both dramatic and verbal irony throughout this clever tale of horror Even the setting reveals some sense of irony as we travel from a joyous carnival scene to a dismal cavern of death It is best to begin with an analysis of the irony in this tale by following the chronology of the story itself In the naming the dialogue the characterization and in the setting of The Cask of Amontillado the irony as it is woven throughout the tale becomes self-evident and its purpose more meaningful Prior to the initial meeting between the narrator and Fortunato we are already aware that there is nothing fortunate about Fortunato We are alone with the narrator in this knowledge and we are also aware that whatever will occur in the tale has already passed by fifty years ago The irony of his name is revealed to us even before we know what is to happen to his ill-fated life Clearly Fortunato is a man of good wealth and reputation who has done some harm to our narrator The exact nature of their conflict is arguable though evidence within the story points toward religious tension Fortunato belongs to a secretive group known as the Freemasons whereas the narrator by his description of the events is positively not a fellow member It may be that the narrator belongs to more conservative traditions that found the Freemasons to be enemies This is evident when Fortunato is given a bottle of De Grave by our narrator He laughed and threw the bottle upwards with a gesticulation I did not understand I looked at him in surprise He repeated the movement - a grotesque one p 1570 That grotesque gesticulation could not be anything other than
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