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The story The Cask of Amontillado contains various types of ironies such as verbal situational and dramatic These types of ironies are defined as follows Irony is the difference between what is said what is implied verbal irony between what is expected to happen and what happens or what appear to be and what is situational irony and between what one knows and what one does not know dramatic irony The characters in the The Cask of Amontillado use constant irony during the story The subject of what will occur in Fortunatos future as well as the his faith and Montresors revenge all contain these types of irony which is underlined in the story as well as the characters discussions Verbal irony is found at the very beginning when Montresor says At length I would be avenged This passage is referring to the insult that was caused by Fortunato on Montresor and the revenge which Montresor plans on taking on him for those injuries caused by Fortunato The length as referred to in the passage is of course a foreshadowing of the fait Montresor has planned for Fortunato because not only will he meet his end but also he will suffer a long punitive death Another example of verbal irony lies in the following passage the motto of the Montresors Nemo me impune lacessit which in English means no one attacks me with impunity This is ironic because the revenge which Montresor is about to take on Fortunato is due attacks and insults by Fortunato on Montresor and in fact these very insults were bring Fortunatos life to a slow halting end as is the motto of the Montresors Situational irony is also very common in this short story for example when Montresor says My heart grew sick on account of the dampness of the catacombs This passage is ironic for the following reason here we have a situation where a man Montresor
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