Pride And Revenge In Edgar Allen Poe's Montresor

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While it can be said that pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit comes before a fall. Equally important to note is that revenge can be a deliberate act of inflicting injury on others, in order to right a wrong. This fact can allow the mind at times to become consumed with the act of revenge. As a result sending one down a path of destruction, which can follow you for many years to come. Therefore, both pride and revenge are the circumstances behind Montresor decision to seek revenge against Fortunato, who is a prideful man. Nevertheless, Montresor seeks revenge for the years of insults that Fortunato has made against his family and himself. This act of revenge has followed Montresor for many years. As we see in Edgar Allen …show more content…
For instance, Montresor mentions "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" (Poe 2). This saying strongly reveals Fortunato 's knowledge of wine making it easy for Montresor to lure him to the catacombs beneath his home in search of a cask of Amontillado that he has purchased. The fact that Fortunato was a man to be respected, most likely boosted his pride, which was his weak point. However, even in the tunnel 's his pride continues to intensify the saturation he is unaware of being in, by further insulting …show more content…
Unfortunately, Montresor binds Fortunato in chains, then carefully bricks up the opening and follows by saying "Against the new masonry I re-erected the old rampart of bones. For the half of a century no mortal has disturbed them. In pace requiescat!" (Poe 8). In general, Montresor was reflecting on the fact that he was able to pre-meditate this murder with out anyone ever knowing. Therefore, getting away with what he had done to Fortunato. Undoubtedly Montresor was consumed with thoughts of the murder that he was able to get away with over the years, possibly even boasting about it fifty years later. Whether it was his conscience or not we will not really know since that was not made clear. What is clear is Montresor done what he set out to

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