" Irony is a manner of expression through which words or events convey a reality different from and even opposite to appearance or expectation" (Juvante NP). The use of such devices in this story provides it with humor and wit, and makes the piece more interesting to read. The sustained irony is detected through style, tone, and the clear use of exaggeration of Montressor. From the very beginning, we notice the use of irony in the story. The very name Fortunato would clearly imply that this is a man of good fortune, when the actual case is that he is about to suffer a most untimely demise: the end of his own life. The setting in which the story takes place again shows an ironic element. It is during Venice's Carnival that the characters meet. "Carnival is supposed to be a time of celebration and happiness for everybody. However, it is a time for revenge and death" (Taylor 67). The way the narrator treats his enemy is one of the clearest examples of ironic elements. When the characters meet, Montressor realizes that Fortunato is afflicted with a severe cold; nevertheless he makes a point of him looking, remarkably well. Montressor acts in the natural and friendly way toward the object of his revenge, and even praises his friend's knowledge on the subject of wines. Further evidence of ironic components is found with Montressor being a mason. We anticipate this means he is a member of a high-class group of men, yet he actually is a stone craftsman, someone whose job it is to prepare and use the stone for building. Montressor makes his trade as a mason useful to build up the wall that will lock the unfortunate Fortunato inside the niche. When Fortunato is trapped behind the wall his avenger built, Montressor re-echoes and even surpasses Fortunato's yelling, apparently to sympathize with his victim. He is evidently being ironic since he is actually delighted by what he has done and "gloats over the details of his victim's sufferings" (Levine 90). The story ends with Montressor's words " In pace requiescat!" (May he rest in peace) (Poe 177). His words are unmistakably sarcastic: if he is a performer of a dreadful murder, then how could Montressor pray for Fortunato to rest in peace?