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Pride Can Be a Fatal Trait Sometimes a persons pride can overshadow their good judgment in turn effecting their actions The result of this over zealous pride can mean death for the person In Edgar Allen Poes The Cask of Amontillado Fortunato is a prime example Through his own desire to show his skill as a wine connoisseur he causes his own demise Fortunatos pride becomes evident when he and Montresor first meet When Fortunato learns of Montresors cask of Amontillado he says Luchesi cannot tell Amontillado from Sherry pg 116 of the other connoisseur He will not allow this other connoisseur to show him up Fortunato had no reason to demean Luchesi except to keep his own pride intact He continues throughout the story to demean the skills of Luchesi for the sole purpose of making himself look more skilled Fortunatos good judgment is also clouded by the amount of alcohol he accepts from Montresor A draught of this Medoc will defend us from the damps pg 117 Montresor says to Fortunato who decides to stay in the damp and starts to drink because his pride will not let him leave Montresor offers him one final chance to turn back Once again Fortunatos good judgment is overshadowed by his pride He insists that he is fine and furthermore asks for more alcohol I broke and reached him a flagon of De Grave He emptied it at a breath pg 118 Although Montresor was planning to trap Fortunato once they were deep in the catacombs he does not force him to go In fact several times during the story Montresor offers a way out for Fortunato but Fortunatos pride wouldnt allow him to give up Several times it was Fortunato that urges Montresor to take him to the Amontillado pipe When Montresor says My friend no I will not impose upon your good nature I perceive you have an
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