Verbal Irony- "The Cask of Amontillado"


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Storyboard Description

My storyboard takes place on page eight and nine in the text. (teacher's edition) In this scene, Fortunato is coughing. Montresor offers to go back with him, and says he doesn't want to be responsible for getting such an important man sick. Fortunato insists that he can go on and that he will not die of a cough. Montresor agrees. This scene demonstrates verbal irony (and also foreshadowing!), because Montresor knows very well that he will not die of a cough but rather dehydration and starvation while being walled up in his underground tomb. This scene takes place the night of the murder in Montresor's home. I gave both man darker skin and dark hair due to the fact that they are Italians. I gave Montresor red eyes because of his evil intentions and a "mask of dark silk," because he is described as wearing one. (page 8) I gave Fortunato gray hair because I pictured him as an older man. (Possibly due to his cough.) And dressed him as a jester because he is desribed as wearing a "conical cap and bells." Montresor's mask symbolizes the hiding of his true, murderous intentions. Fortunato's jester costume symbolizes the fact that he is a fool to be tricked by Montressor.

Storyboard Text

  • "ugh! ugh! ugh! Ugh, ugh, ugh"
  • "Come! We will go back! Your health is precious!"
  • "Enough! It is nothing. It will not kill me. I will not die of a cough!"
  • "TRUE, TRUE!"
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