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In the short story The Cask of Amontillado Edgar Allan Poe writes in first person point of view from the perspective of Montresor the diabolical narrator of this tale who vows revenge against Fortunato Montresor began to develop the perfect plan for retribution During the carnival season Montresor encounters 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 Montresor who has lived the memory of Fortunatos death for fifty years Poe uses different types of irony in the conversations between Montresor and Fortunato First Poe uses dramatic irony in the story For example Montresor expresses concern about Fortunatos health Montresor points out 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 434 Both the reader and Montresor know of his devious plan of murder that awaits Fortunato when he descends into the catacombs in search for the wine But Fortunato nave does not suspect that Montresor is capable of such an act Montresor pretends that he is concerned about Fortunatos health when he says they should go back In fact Montresor could care less about Fortunatos health he is just concerned about his own advantage of manipulation by luring him into the catacombs to carry out his plan Montresor also intends 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 destruction The drunken Fortunato is the only one in the story who
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