The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allan Poe Essay

805 Words Mar 9th, 2016 4 Pages
The greatest sin known to mankind is pride. From the beginning of time, pride has been the biggest downfall in humanity. People let their own pride influence their minds and let it consume them for the worse. For example, Adam and Eve let their pride get the best of them and it led to their destruction. Another example of the power of pride is seen in the famous narrative “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe. The main individual, Montresor, was insulted by another character, Fortunato, and this led Montresor’s pride to devour him and seek revenge causing a horrible tragedy; death. Poe illustrates the theme that pride steers to a man’s collapse through the actions of the characters in the story. The influence of pride is undoubtedly witnessed in the nature of Montresor. The amount of pride that he has in his family name is so powerful that “…when he [Fortunato] ventured upon insult, I [Montresor] vowed revenge” (1). Montresor could not let anything get to him in any way that may alter his perception of himself for the reason that he would be seen to be feeble and less superior, henceforth he planned his vengeance cautiously. Montresor lives up to his family motto because he considers himself above everyone and this causes his pride to make him believe that if anyone threatens him, he should come back with a more aggressive threat. This leads Montresor to believe that he must assault anyone who endangers him or his family’s name. Believing this leads to Montresor’s…

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