Literary devices

Edgar Allan Poe uses a rather simple language in the story “The Cask of Amontillado”, which was designed to be easily understood by readers in 1846. However, words like “vault” may seem a little pretentious for the modern reader. Apart from the simple, everyday language, the author also inserted a few wine brands which might be new for non-drinkers or people who do not have a wine culture: “Amontillado”, “Medoc” and “De Grâve”.


There are multiple instances of irony in the short story, which enhance the text’s attractiveness. First of all, the name of Fortunato (the fortunate/lucky one) is very ironic given the fact that he is the one who ends up killed. Then, the title can also be interpreted as an ironic metaphor of Fortunato’s death. The walls...

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