Throughout this short story, the reader sees examples of irony. Throughout the story, Fortunato, who's name is also an example of irony, presses Montresor to continue moving on. This is an example of dramatic irony whereby the reader knows something of which the main character has no knowledge. As the reader, we know that Montresor is planning on killing Fortunato in order to get revenge. The reader learns this in the first two paragraphs of the story, but Fortunato is not aware of this. He believes that he is simply following a friend down through his vaults in order to sample wine. In the end, Fortunato does meet his demise at the hand of Montresor.