The Cask of Amontillado | Critical Essay by James F. Cooney

This literature criticism consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis & critique of The Cask of Amontillado.
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Critical Essay by James F. Cooney

SOURCE: "The Cask of Amontillado': Some Further Ironies," in Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. XI, No. 2, Spring, 1974, pp. 195-96.

In the following essay, Cooney elucidates ironic aspects of the tale from the theological perspective of Roman Catholicism.

Although readers of "The Cask of Amontillado" have long been aware of the ironies that operate throughout to give special intensity to this tale, an awareness of its Roman Catholic cultural and theological materials adds to the irony and transforms clever trick into an episode of horror.

Throughout the entire episode—its planning, its execution, and its confession—Monsieur Montresor made self-conscious use of cunning, plotting, and irony to wreak his revenge. The French nobleman tells his story of the calmly calculated murder of his Italian aristocratic friend Fortunato. The crime had been perfectly executed; for fifty years now...

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