The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allen Poe Essay

742 Words Sep 3rd, 2015 3 Pages
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 Poe 's short story "The Cask of Amontillado" Fortunato 's pride make him vulnerable to Montresor manipulation.

First of all, we see without a doubt Fortunato 's pride makes him vulnerable to the careful planning of Montresor 's revenge against him. 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…

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