The Cask Of Amontillado, By Edgar Allan Poe Essay

996 Words Jul 16th, 2015 4 Pages
Edgar Allan Poe is famous for many things: such as being an alcoholic and marrying his cousin, but above all, he is known for his fantastic use of suspense in “The Cask of Amontillado”("Edgar Allan Poe."). Poe successfully achieves this effect of suspense, through his use of irony, specifically dramatic and verbal irony. Irony, in general, can be described as “a figure of speech in which words are used in such a way that their intended meaning is different from the actual meaning of the words” (Irony - Examples and Definition of Irony). Whereas, dramatic irony is defined more as a situation where the nature of the circumstances at hand are understood by the reader, but not by the characters. On the other hand, verbal irony is when a character says one thing and means another. Both dramatic and verbal irony can be seen several times throughout “The Cask of Amontillado” and contribute greatly to not only the suspense of the work, but also to the positive reader response to the piece as a whole.
In “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe, the protagonist Montresor feels he has been mistreated by a man named Fortunato. Montresor vows to punish Fortunato, and utilizes reverse psychology and Fortunato’s inflated ego to coax him into the deep, dark, and damp Italian catacombs where a cask of amontillado is supposedly located. After traversing through the catacombs, their trip ends with Fortunato being chained inside a hole, which is then walled up with bricks by Montresor.…

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