Edgar Allen Poe was born on January 19, 1809 and he died in October 7, 1849. The cause of his death is unknown, just as mysterious as the plots in his literary work. He uses irony and symbolism in “The Cask of Amontillado” in a distinct and unique manner to foreshadow events, increase tension throughout the stories, and to provide symbolic imagery to the reader.
In “The Cask of Amontillado,” Edgar Allen Poe uses several forums of irony and symbolism throughout the story to illustrate foreshadowing. This can be observed in “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.” Montresor is indicating that Fortunato, had wronged him thousands of times before, and that he could bear no more. Now he must punish Fortunato, but with impunity, which means he must be able to punish with exemption of being harmed or caught. Poe uses verbal irony when Fortunato insists he will not die from his cough, Montresor replies “True True,” knowing that he has plans to murder Fortunato. Another example of verbal irony is when Montresor wishes Fortunato a long life in a toast when indeed, his “good health” is about to end. Poe uses dramatic irony when Montresor leads Fortunato down deep into the cave, where bones of bodies litter the floor. Fortunato should have known he was walking into a trap because he was led into a dark cave. Wet nitre hung from the walls, and it grew in size the deeper they travled into the cave. The image drawn from the scene, is of a tomb, with human bones already present. The tension thickens as the plot of Montresor ensues.
Edgar Allen Poe`s use of language helps intrigue the reader and create interesting situations. Sometimes it`s what the narrator doesn’t say that builds the suspense. In the story “The Cask of Amontillado” the narrator never divulges how Montresor was wronged that murder was the only...