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The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allan Poe

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A common argument is whether or not a person can be responsible for their own downfall or if other factors that are out of that person’s control can cause the downfall. In “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe, Fortunado is responsible for his own downfall because he was prideful, clueless, and he could have avoided the downfall. Some people argue that he was intoxicated when he was tricked into his downfall and therefore cannot be held responsible. Fortunado is responsible for his own downfall because Fortunado could have taken measures to avoid his downfall. Throughout the story it is very evident that Fortunado is confident in himself and in his knowledge. In the story it states, “He had a weak point-this Fortunado-although in other regards he was a man to be respected and even feared. He prided himself on his connoisseurship in wine” (Poe 226). Montresor is showing he knows the greatest weakness of Fortunado and plans to exploit this weakness. Fortunado’s pride is what caused his downfall because he was so confident in his appraising of wine that he did not want anyone else to consult the price of expensive wine. Montresor gave Fortunado the chance to enjoy the carnival, but Fortunado did not want anyone but him to appraise Montresor’s wine. Fortunado’s pride in his skill of appraising wine made him blind to other things going on around him. Montresor did not force Fortunado to go with him, he actually made sure that it was Fortunado’s own decision to continue
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