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The Cask of Amontillado The Dangers of Pride Essay written by Alllen In one of Edgar Allen Poes best-known tales of horror The Cask of Amontillado he suggests that pride can be a very dangerous thing Through the use of foreshadowing irony and symbolism Poe presents the compelling drama of two men One who will stop at nothing to get the revenge that he deems himself and his family worthy of and another whos pride will ultimately be the catalyst for his death Fortunato falls prey to Montressors plans because he is so proud of his connoisseurship of wine and it is for the sake of his own pride that Montressor takes revenge on Fortunato In this essay I will examine how Poe utilizes the theme of pride and many other literary techniques such as foreshadowing and irony in order to create such a horrific and suspenseful masterpiece In The Cask of Amontillado Poe employs a sinister aspect of foreshadowing First when Fortunato says I shall not die of a cough 1148 Montressor replies True-true 1148 Instead Montressor knows that Fortunato will perish from his vengeful scheme that consists of dehydration and starvation Fortunato is a proud man and he does not think that his death with be due to something as petty as a cold Rather he believes that his life will end as a result of some courageous act and he will die a noble death However Montressor can only laugh at this thought because he knows Fortunatos death will be far from noble and his pride will be soon is shattered in the dark depths of the catacomb Another instance of foreshadowing comes with the trowel scene At one point in their journey Fortunato makes a movement that is a secret sign of the Masons an exclusive fraternity-like organization Montressor does not recognize this hand signal but claims that he is a mason 1149 When Fortunato asks
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