Research Journal # 2

1) In my 2nd research journal I will be using the article “Poe And The Gothic Of The Normal: Thinking “Inside The Box”, by Elaine Hartnell-Mittram as a reference to support the use of irony in “The Cask of Amontillado”. Both Montresor and Fortunato  use the same wording to discuss whether Montresor is a true mason but the wording represents two completely different realities.

“You are not one of the masons.”

“Yes, yes,” I said; “yes, yes.”

“You? Impossible! A mason?”

“A mason, I replied.

What’s ironic in this dialogue is the fact that Montresor’s words are taken literally unlike Fortunato’s, who speaks metaphorically. In her article, Hartnell-Mottram says, “And of course Montresor does indeed turn out to be a mason, though not a member of a Masonic lodge. He is – or will be – a practical stone mason who will use the trowel he produces from under his cloak to wall up his victim. “ Poor Fortunato fails to see apparent signs of his predicament. While all of the Montresor’s true intentions are secret, when he says that he is a mason, he is ironically telling the truth for once.

2) The source is credible since found in Academic Search Premier database and is published by Liverpool Hope University.

3) The piece is well written and most importantly, contributes to the major topic of my essay which is the use of irony in “The Cask of Amontillado.”

4) I plan on using the reference to support the irony in dialogue between Montresor and Fortunato.


Works Cited

Hartnell-Mottram, Elaine. “Poe And The Gothic Of The Normal: Thinking ‘Inside The Box’.” Gothic Studies 12.2 (2010): 42-52. Academic Search Premier. Web. 18 Oct. 2013.


One response to “Research Journal # 2

  1. This sounds good, too. I really like that this author points to the subtlety of the masonic/Masonic issue.

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