Please discuss five examples of dramatic irony in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado."
Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado" is rich in both verbal irony and dramatic irony, both of which help create a story in which the narrator. Montresor, and his victim, Fortunato, inhabit an ironic universe, and this world creates a constant tension between what a character thinks should happen and what actually happens. Dramatic irony is generally defined as irony in which a character knows less about his or her situation than the reader knows, creating situations that have a different outcome from the character's expectations. It is as if we are watching a train moving relentlessly toward a brick wall, which one or more characters perceive as an open tunnel. A wreck is the only outcome.
Poe sets up the framework of dramatic irony as early as the story's second paragraph, creating a web of false expectations for his victim:
It must be understood that . . . I continued as was my wont, to smile in his [Fortunato's] face, and he did not perceive that my smile was at the thought of his...
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