The Cask of Amontillado Questions and Answers
by Edgar Allan Poe

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Dramatic irony occurs when the reader knows something that a character does not. Identify three examples of dramatic irony in this story. What is the effect of the irony on your experience as a reader?

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Perhaps the biggest example of dramatic irony within The Cask of Amontillado is the overall plot in and of itself: Montresor is planning on killing Fortunato, which we learn at the beginning of the story, though Fortunato is under the impression that he is on his way to test the validity of a non-existent barrel of amontillado. But there are still smaller parts within the plot that also exhibit dramatic irony, such as when Montresor...

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