Themes Of Fortunaty And The Cask Of Amontillado

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“The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe and “The Jewelry” by Guy De Maupassant are both stories of tremendous pride. In “The Cask of Amontillado”, both of the main characters show attributes of pride; Montresor takes great pride in family history while Fortunato takes pride in his arrogance. In “The Jewelry” Madame Lantin takes pride in her prize beloved jewelry. Scripture says that “Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor.” Pride is something that everyone has in them; tempting us to rebel against what is right and commit sin. These stories are similar in that their characters show how their biggest flaw was their passionate sense of pride and how that will inevitably end in humiliation. The two stories differ in what …show more content…
Montresor’s family crest and motto are both symbols of pride and revenge. His family crest is a human foot crushing a serpent whose fangs are imbedded in it’s heal. The serpent represents Fortunato’s insults and the foot crushing it represents Montresor’s act of vengeance. His family motto “nemo me impune lacessit” basically means that no one shall harm me without being punished. Montresor reflects on his family having a history of taking revenge on every insult. This poisons him with pride so much that you wonder if the punishment is remotely deserved or if he made it a larger dilemma than what it was. Fortunate’s pride in arrogance in being the most excellent wine buff around is recognized as his weak point by Montresor and he uses this to his advantage. Montessori uses Luchesi as a pawn in his plan to trick Fortunato to continue going deep into the catacombs with him; telling him that he will just get Luchesi to taste the wine instead. Fortunato’s pride will not allow him to be outdone so he unknowingly plays along into Montresor’s plan and this ultimately costs him his life. Montresor had not let go of his pride even half a century later when he boasts about what he had …show more content…
She is portrayed at the beginning of the story as “a perfect type of the virtuous woman whom every sensible young man dreams of one day winning for life”. She was everything her husband could dream of. They had a wonderful marriage during the course of her life, but after her husband comes to the realization that the jewelry is real, he soon finds that she has been living a lie. Her relentless sense of pride caused her to formulate a false sense of stability in their marriage. She knew all along that her jewelry was real and where it was coming from. She was so sickly proud of her jewelry that she would even taunt her husband by putting it on him and laughing hysterically. She could not have bought this jewelry on her own obviously; therefore, there must be some sort of affair going on in order for her to obtain such fine trinkets. Her fetish for jewelry led her to commit adultery and be extraordinarily greedy. This is another example that proves how pride causes you to commit sin and lead to

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