In "The Cask of Amontillado," what was ironic about the setting of the carnival?  

The irony of the carnival setting is that it is supposed to be a joyful, friendly environment but is actually a hostile, dangerous place for Fortunato. While people celebrate, drink, and party with their friends, Montresor lures in his intoxicated victim. The chaotic, hectic setting also allows Montresor to interact with Fortunato without being noticed.

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In Poe's classic short story "The Cask of Amontillado," the irony of the carnival setting concerns the fact that a sinister act is taking place in such a happy, carefree setting. The carnival was a time of revelry, drunkenness, and delight when people would dress up in costumes and have fun. Fortunato certainly enjoys the carnival season and is dressed as a jester with a conical cap and bells. Similar to his peers and the rest of the community, Fortunato is carefree and intoxicated. He is not concerned about Montresor and does not anticipate any trouble. He even greets Montresor with a hug and insists on verifying whether or not the Amontillado is authentic.
However, the reader knows that Montresor is plotting his demise and puts his evil plan in motion during the "supreme madness of the carnival season." Poe creates irony by initially setting the story during the joyful, chaotic carnival season, which catches the reader off guard. One would expect a murder story to take place in a dark,...

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