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Irony in the Cask of Amontillado Throughout the semester we read many short stories and all of them had some dramatic twist to them In some of them there was irony and which means An incongruity between what is expected to happen and what actually occurs I chose to write about The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe In the story The Cask of Amontillado Poe uses a lot of irony with his characters right from the beginning of the story One of his main characters is named fortunato but in the end he is the least fortunate person in the story because he is killed by Montresor Poe also uses a lot of irony in his writing when the characters are speaking For example the main character Montresor first tells Fortunato that he does not want him to come down to taste the Amontillado Montresor says that it is cold and damp in the catacombs and he does not want Fortunato to get sick All through their decension into the catacombs Montresor is expressing his worries about Fortunatos life However In the back of his mind Montresor knows that he is taking fortunato down into the catacombs with the sole intention of killing him By his actions and his words the reader cannot even imagine what Montresor plans to do because the way he leads him down the catacombs is by saying we should turn back you are sick I will get Luchesi to taste the Amontillado but Montressor knows that Fortunato will not stop because he is Montressor knows that Fortunato is very arrogant and even says that Luchesi may be just good as a wine connoisseur as him Montressor knows that this will get Fortunato into the catacombs because he thinks he is the best that is just his nature What is ironic about the whole conversation down through the catacombs is that Montresor seems to be worried about
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