The Cask of Amontiado

In the normal world, there are two types of crazy people: there are the persistent kinds, where they show their insanity as much as possible whether they know it or not. Then there are the kinds like Mentors, where you can never tell until they have finally snapped. Edgar Allan Poe uses Mentor’s kind and symbolism in “The Cask of Amontillado” to show situational irony. The beginning of the story starts with a paragraph on Mentor’s vividly detailed hatred for Fortunate and how he’s achieved in alluding Mentor’s train of thought to killing Fortunate, who was his best friend.The thousand injuries of Fortunate I had borne as best I could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge. ” The point of view from Mentors shows that he is a bit crazy, but from his words, it pulls out the question that if this story is even real and if he actually did kill Fortunate even though it is a fictional story.

Poe actually does not tell the reader what the insult was so it allows them to infer and come up with their own thoughts on what it might be. Fortunate has an interesting part about his family, their families’ arms show a lot of symbolism to the irony of the story. A huge human foot door, in a field azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose the fangs are embedded in the heel… Memo me inane laciest.

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“That quote is Latin for: Nobody attacks me without punishment. This quote is symbolic because since Fortunate insulted Mentors, Mentors gave punishment to Fortunate. Pope’s characters create a description on situation irony through their actions and symbols. People like Mentors are hard to find because people never know how to find them until its to late for them.