A Deeper Insight of “The Cask of Amontillado” Essay

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A Deeper Insight of “The Cask of Amontillado”
     It is Edgar Allan Poe’s intense use of symbolism and irony throughout “The Cask of Amontillado” that establishes the short story as a candidate worthy of analysis. The skillful use of these devices are utilized by the author to create this horrific and suspenseful short story. Irony and symbolism in “The Cask of Amontillado” greatly effect the outcome of Fortunato’s well being.
     “The Cask of Amontillado” should be regarded as a slice of a horror story, which revolves around the theme of revenge and pride” (Levine 90). “Poe’s story is a case of premeditated murder. The reader becomes quickly aware of the fact that Montressor is not a
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Further evidence of ironic components is found with Montressor being a mason. We anticipate this means he is a member of a high-class group of men, yet he actually is a stone craftsman, someone whose job it is to prepare and use the stone for building. Montressor makes his trade as a mason useful to build up the wall that will lock the unfortunate Fortunato inside the niche. When Fortunato is trapped behind the wall his avenger built, Montressor re-echoes and even surpasses Fortunato’s yelling, apparently to sympathize with his victim. He is evidently being ironic since he is actually delighted by what he has done and “gloats over the details of his victim’s sufferings” (Levine 90). The story ends with Montressor’s words “ In pace requiescat!” (May he rest in peace) (Poe 177). His words are unmistakably sarcastic: if he is a performer of a dreadful murder, then how could Montressor pray for Fortunato to rest in peace?
     The story also contains many accounts of symbolism. They can be classified as reinforcing; that is, their meaning is not apparent to the reader. We learn from the narrator that when he first meets Fortunato, the latter has apparently been drinking and is dressed in many colors, resembling a jester. His costume suggests that he will be the one playing the role of the fool. On the other hand, Montressor is dressed in a black colored cloak and

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