The Cask of Amontialldo

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Never Have Too Much Pride The insult had been done, and Montresor was out for revenge on Fortunato. Not a soul but Montresor knew what the insult may have been, but this is what makes the short story “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe. The story is about a man, Montresor, who receives a wine that Fortunato, the wine expert, is looking for. During a carnival, Montresor persuades Fortunato to take him to his personal wine cellars, located in the catacombs. Fortunato became impaired, Montresor takes this opportunity to chain him to the catacomb wall. He then proceeds to build a brick wall, isolating Fortunato, which eventually leads to his despairing death. The theme to this short story is having too much pride will lead you to…show more content…
You are rich, respected, admired….” (Poe 167). This is ironic in the story because Montresor knows that he is going kill Fortunato, but he is showing concern so that Fortunato does not get suspicious. In some aspects, Montresor could be saying this because he was contemplating on whether or not he shall kill his fellow “Friend.” The short story “The Cask of Amontillado” is filled with many levels of irony. The fact that Fortunato prides himself as a wine expert; he is the one that brings on his death. If he would have let his obsession with wine go, especially the Amontillado, Fortunato would not have died such a miserable death. Poe is an excellent writer, and this story is one of many where the tone is dark, depressing, and deadly. Poe leaves us with many questions, such as, what insult did Fortunato do to Montresor to cause him to burry Fortunato alive? But this goes back to Poe being an excellent writer, if he would have told us, then the story would have so much suspense, and maybe even then there would not be as much irony. So, even though Fortunato considered himself a wine expert, he may have been to conceited about it, and his pride took over his actions and thought. Don not let your pride drive you to your death. Works Cited Lewis, Paul. “Poe’s Humor: A Psychological Analysis.” Studies in Short Fiction 26.4 (1989):

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