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Poe uses several instances of foreshadowing in "The Cask of Amontillado." What are two lines that specifically foreshadow the grisly event at the end of the tale?

Poe foreshadows Montresor's grisly crime when Fortunato says that he will not die of a cough and Montresor responds by saying, "True—true." Montresor's comment foreshadows his plan to take Fortunato's life. Another example of foreshadowing takes place when Montresor removes a trowel from underneath his cloak. Montresor producing a trowel foreshadows his plan to bury Fortunato alive inside the walls of the catacombs.

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In the first paragraph of "The Cask of Amontillado," Montresor explains his vow of revenge. The tone is foreboding already. He is vauge in how he will carry out his vengeance, but he is clear that he will do something. In the second paragraph Montresor notes that Fortunato has no idea about his true malicious feelings. So, Fortunato doesn't know what's coming. But the reader gradually does. Montresor provides the reader/auditor with hints and continues to foreshadow his eventual revenge. This is a great example of dramatic irony - when the reader knows something important that a character (Fortunato) does not.

They go into the catacombs to retrieve the wine. A catacomb is an underground cemetery or tomb. They are literally going into a grave. This is an overt example of foreshadowing. The further they go in, the more bones they see. Montresor also plays with his oblivious friend by pretending to be concerned with his cough as they pass by the bones.

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