Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe’s writing does truly contain unique stylistic elements. His writing style is very special and plays a trick in questioning the mind. Poe’s story “The Cask of Amontillado” displays the use of the stylistic element verbal irony. Poe’s story also exhibits mood, to create plot and value.

Edgar Allan Poe used verbal irony through the story “The Cask of Amontillado”. An example of Poe’s verbal irony; when the main character Montressor speaks to Fortunato and says “My dear Fortunato, you are luckily met”. In this example of verbal irony Montressor does not mean that Fortunato is lucky, so the statement means something more than what it appears. This proves verbal irony because the character is saying one thing and means another. Another example of verbal irony that Poe made an option to use; when Montressor speaks to Fortunato again “Come we will go, your health is precious. You are rich, respected, admired, beloved; you are happy as I once was. You are a man to be missed. For me it is no matter. We will go back; you will be ill and I can’t be responsible”. This example of verbal irony is shown through Montressor’s statement, he makes Fortunato think that he is of value to him. Montressor plans to kill Fortunato, and by him saying “Your health is precious” he knows that this is just a trap. One more example of Edgar Allan Poe’s use of verbal irony in the “The Cask of Amontillado” that Poe shows; when Montressor speaks to Fortunato “My friend, no. It is not an engagement, but the severe cold”. This example of verbal irony makes Montressor seem to show sympathy and concern towards Fortunato. As usual Fortunato is tricked into believing Montressor cares for him, when that is not true. Also Montressor refers to Fortunato as his friend so he is forming an non-existent bond.

Edgar Allan Poe uses the stylistic element imagery to show his expression and creativity. Poe chooses stylistic elements to enhance his writing and give his readers a deeper...
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