Edgar Allan Poe's use of irony is rich in his story "The Cask of Amontillado." Elements of black humor draw us into the story and provide moments of suspense even though the narrator, Montresor, strongly hints at the ending of the story from the first sentence.
First, there is irony and black humor in Fortunato's name. As the target of Montresor's plot for vengeance, he is anything but fortunate. Next, the meeting between Fortunato and Montresor takes place during Carnival. Fortunato is dressed like a court jester. Consider the quote below:
It was about dusk, one evening during the supreme madness of the carnival season, that I encountered my friend. He accosted me with excessive warmth, for he had been drinking much. The man wore motley. He had on a tight-fitting parti-striped dress, and his head was surmounted by the conical cap and bells. I was so pleased to see him that I thought I should never have done wringing his hand.
This is loaded with black humor. It paints a picture in the...
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