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Cask of Amontillado Essay

  • Submitted by: ashboo95
  • on March 24, 2014
  • Category: English
  • Length: 703 words

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The Destructive Nature of Pride
Pride is a self-destructive attitude that inevitably causes ones downfall. Pride is apparent in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado”. The story portrayed a man, Montresor (protagonist), whom is driven by revenge because his pride was hurt. His pride caused him to convince a “friend”, Fortunato, to go to his family catacomb in order to get his “expert” opinion on some wine. Fortunato is a very proud man so he was completely oblivious to the fact that he was actually never going to leave the Montresor catacomb. The two characters and the setting Poe used portray the theme that a man’s pride inevitably causes his downfall.
Montresor’s pride was very recognizable throughout the story. He was insulted by Fortunato which caused him to vow revenge. “THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.” (Poe 1). The insult that hurt Montresor’s pride and drove him to revenge was not stated. His yearning for revenge was directly linked to his family motto, “Nemo me impune lacessit.”(Poe 5). which means no one attacks me with impunity. The motto made it obvious that Montresor’s ancestors had just as much pride as he does, therefore they would react to an attack in the same fashion. Montresor’s family motto made him believe that it was okay to eliminate any person that attacked him and injured his pride, which ultimately lead to his choice to murder Fortunato.   Fortunato’s pride was also very recognizable throughout the story. His pride lead him to fall right into Montresor’s trap. “He prided himself on his connoisseurship in wine… in the matter of old wines he was sincere.”(Poe 1). Montresor knew that wine was Fortunato’s strong point, therefore it could be used against him as a weakness. Montresor used Fortunato’s pride against him, to trick him to going into the Montresor family catacomb for the Amontillado. As they walked through the catacomb, Montresor pretended to...

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