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Well known as a master of nineteenth-century horror Edgar Allen Poe was at his literary best when he wrote the tales that transport the reader to the inner workings of the insane mind Nowhere is this more evident than in his classic tale of revenge The Cask of Amontillado The reader hangs on every word of the evil Montressor as he exacts revenge on the unfortunate Fortunado for an unnamed insult Using this story as a vehicle foe what Frank Magill calls his own morbid fear of premature burial Poe employs verbal irony to make his point 334 Getting back at someone may be sweet in theory but in reality it is far from it Poes clever use of irony in this tale highlights the notion of revenge as a motive that creates ultimate loss for all participants Probably the most controversial form of verbal irony is the hidden meaning of Montersors last words to his victim for the love of God Exclaims FortunadoPoe 92 Yesfor the love of God returns Montresor Poe 92 Kathryn Montgomery Harris says that this is part of Monterssors Cathloc motive in essence he commits the crime for the love of GodNesbitt 320 Bruce Kirkham however focuses on the family insults that cause Montressor to commit the gruesome acts of revenge and insists that his words are Montressors way of saying Your account with me is now paid in fullNesbitt 347 When each of the men offers a toast to one another it is swolen with irony by toasting to the dead that repose around us Fortunado also shows that he has contempt for Montressors ancestors when he says that the family is hardly worth remembering Nesbit348 Ironically Montressor hits back hard when he says and I drink to your long life knowing that he will soon die by his handPoe 90 All the examples of verbal irony point the way to montressors eventual evil
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