Situational irony refers to events in a story that are unexpected, and Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado" features many, including the difference between the meaning of Fortunato's name and his destiny, as well as Montresor's response to his own deeds. The fact that the reader is well aware of the growing irony gives the story a great deal of its power.Continue Reading
The very name "Fortunato" teems with irony, because despite his name meaning "lucky" or "fortunate" in Italian, he ends up imprisoned behind the walls of the catacombs. Once Montresor decides to undertake revenge against Fortunato, he "neither by word nor deed" gives Fortunato a reason to doubt his friendship. The whole time that Montresor continues to smile at Fortunato, though, he is plotting Fortunato's doom. When Montresor greets Fortunato, saying, "You are luckily met," the luck that Montresor feels is not due to Fortunato's expertise. Rather, it is that the carnival provides an excellent backdrop for a secret murder.
Finally, after carrying out the crime, Montresor describes his heart as growing sick, but it is because of the "dampness of the catacombs." Rather than fret about the murder he has just committed, he is worried about what is going to happen to the weather outside.Learn more about Classics
"The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allen Poe provides several focuses for literary analysis. One analysis describes "The Cask of Amontillado" as the preeminent short story that displays Poe's dictum that every element in a well-written short story must contribute to the total effect and unity of the story.Full Answer >
In "The Cask of Amontillado, the character Fortunato plays the role of the antagonist, against the protagonist, narrator Montresor. An antagonist is a character or group that is against the antagonist or hero of the story. Since Montresor is the narrator, and the one claiming to be abused by Fortunato in the past, Fortunato is the antagonist.Full Answer >
Elements of irony in the story "The Lady or the Tiger?" include that the story does not end and that the princess must choose the fate of her lover from two doors. Opening one, he meets a tiger. Opening the other, he wins a beautiful woman, and although the princess loves the man, she is jealous of the other woman.Full Answer >
The irony in the short story "The Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst is situational irony portrayed between the scarlet ibis, Doodle and Brother. The family, the storm and the feeling of indifference also cast irony on the story.Full Answer >