"Cask of Amontillado" Literary Devices

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Cask of Amontillado Literary Elements

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Most short stories and screenplays are rich in figurative language and literary elements. These are used to enhance the symbolism, motifs, and themes within the story. The use of similes, metaphors, personification, and onomatopoeia are abundant in this Poe short story.

After reading the story, ask your students to go on a literary scavenger hunt! Give them a list of figurative language to find, and have them create a storyboard that depicts and explains the use of each literary element in the story! They will have an absolute blast and master the words by the end.


Literary Elements

DESCRIPTION EXAMPLE
Hyperbole Exaggeration or overstatement for humor or emphasis “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could...”
Metaphor An implied comparison between two things “He turned towards me, and looked into my eyes with two filmy orbs that distilled the rheum of intoxication."
Foreshadowing Hinting at something that will happen later on “He had a weak point - this Fortunato - although in other regards he was a man to be respected and even feared. He prided himself on his connoisseurship in wine.”


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Create a storyboard that shows five examples of literary elements in "The Cask of Amontillado".


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify use of literary elements in the text.
  3. Put the type of literary element in the title box.
  4. Give an example from the text in the description box.
  5. Illustrate the example using using a combination of scenes, characters, and items.

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