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The Cask of Amontillado . Literary Elements. Irony (review). Verbal Irony – a character says one thing but means another Ex: Fortunato : “I shall not die of a cough” …Fortunato: “I drink to the buried that repose around us.” Montresor: “And I to your long life.”

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The Cask of Amontillado

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The Cask of Amontillado

Literary Elements


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Irony(review)

  • Verbal Irony – a character says one thing but means another

  • Ex: Fortunato : “I shall not die of a cough”

  • …Fortunato: “I drink to the buried that repose around us.” Montresor: “And I to your long life.”

  • Dramatic Irony: When audience knows what will happen before a character knows. Ex: Fortunato does not know that he will soon die.


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Mood (review)

  • The feeling/atmosphere created for the readers

  • What is the mood of “The Cask of Amontillado?”

  • Consider descriptive passages:

  • “Its walls had been lined with human remains, piled to the vault overhead , in the fashion of the great catacombs of Paris” (212).


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Imagery (review)

  • Description that appeals to the senses – sight, smell, taste, sound, touch

  • “We had passed through walls of piled bones…into the inmost recesses of the catacombs…The drops of moisture trickle among the bones” (211).


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