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Irony and Symbolism in The Cask of Amontillado In the short story The Cask of Amontillado Edgar Allan Poe writes in first person point of view from the perspective of Montresor the narrator of this tale who seeks revenge against Fortunato Montresor began to develop the perfect plan for revenge During the carnival season Montresor meet with Fortunato and decides to implement his plan carefully not to arouse Fortunatos suspicions through irony Poes story describes the inner workings of a murderers mind who has lived the memory of Fortunatos death for fifty years Poe uses different types of irony and symbolism in the conversations between Montresor and Fortunato which are discussed in the following paragraphs First Poe uses dramatic irony in the story For example Montresor expresses concern about Fortunatos and says Come I said with decision we will go back your health is precious You are rich respected admired beloved you are happy as once I was You are a man to be missed For me it is no matter We will go back you will be ill and I cannot be responsible Poe Both the reader and Montresor know of his plan of murder that awaits Fortunato when he descends into the catacombs in search for the wine But Fortunato does not suspect that Montresor is capable of such an act Montresor pretends to be concerned about Fortunatos health when he says they should go back Ironically Montresor could care less about Fortunatos health he is concerned about his own advantage of manipulation by luring him into the catacombs to carry out his plan Montresor wants to be responsible for Fortunatos death Montresor does not want Fortunato to die of a cough or from the niter in the catacombs but of his own plan The drunken Fortunato is the only one in the story who is unaware of Montresors real motives which demonstrates situational irony Another example is when the two
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