The Them Foreshadowing in the Cask of Amontillado

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Valerie Shook
Mrs. Adair
14 February 2013

Foreshadowing is to show, indicate, or suggest in advance on what is postliminary going to happen in a situation. It is a way of hinting at what will come later on in a story. Foreshadowing can be subtle sometimes like dark rain clouds coming before a rain storm or more direct. Many writers use foreshadowing to create suspense for the readers. Writers want readers to feel suspense in stories to feel excited about some outcome, such as the ending of a mystery novel. Foreshadowing has possessed suspense in Edgar Allen Poe short story “That Cask of Amontillado” with the wine that has gotten Forunate drunk, the court jester’s outfit that Forunate wears, and it the trowel Montressor ironically carries with him. The cask of wine is a form of symbolism of foreshadowing in “The Cask of Amontillado.” During the time of the carnival ,the narrator, Montressor goes up to the character Fortunato and tells him about the wine he bought . “ ‘I broke and reached him a flagon of De Grave. He emptied it at a breath. His eyes flashed with a fierce light. He laughed and threw the bottle upwards with a gesticulation I did not understand.’ ” (Poe). The real foreshadowing in the story is the name of the wine they all drink on the way to get to the catacombs. It is wine that is sherry called "DeGrave". Which is an obvious sign of foreshadowing for the cellar that their all heading to is shortly to become "the grave" of Fortunato. Another piece of symbolism of foreshadowing in the story is when the character in it named Fortunate which ironically means "fortunate one" in Italian. Is dressed for the carnival their going to as a court jester. “He had on a tight-fitting parti-striped dress, and his head was surmounted by the conical cap and bells.” (Poe). As the court jester costume is used to make a king laugh and fool him. Essentially, Fortunato, the fool, is fooled by Montresor into a tragic death. The trowel is also important...
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