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UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DO PARANCuritiba 8 de outubro de 1996Curso Letras - Ingls NoturnoDisciplina Literatura Norte Americana IAluno Anderson Jos NogueiraTASK To write a summary theme of Poes The Cask Of AmontilladoOne of the main themes of Edgar Allan Poes The Cask Of Amontillado is revenge In this summary theme I intend to demonstrate how dramatic irony is used all along the short story as a way of reminding us the true intentions of the character who vowed revengeFirstly I will make a brief summary of the short story the story is supposed to happen more than a hundred years ago it was first published in 1846 during Italian Carnival festivities The main character a man called Montressor feels terribly ofended even insulted by a friend named Fortunato and firmly decides to take this friends life In order to achieve his aim Montressor elaborates a plan which consists basicaly of two steps first to take Fortunato to the catacombs of the Montressors and second to arrest Fortunato down there foreverIrony first appears in Fortunatos name once we are made aware in the second paragraph that he is going to be killed but it the irony continues present during all the short story as something to call our attention to what is really happeningIn the second paragraph Montressor states that in spite of his decision of killing Fortunato he continued smiling in his face Fortunatos but he adds and he did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his immolation So when they meet each other they behaved as always but now Montressors smile had another meaning for himselfCertain evening during the supreme madness of carnival season Montressor meets his friend Fortunato and Montressor is very kind even affectionate towards him He greets Fortunato My dear Fortunato you are luckly met The reader that knows Montressors real intentions notices here that this greeting has
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