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The Cask of Amontillado Anything not taken in moderation can be damaging 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 when one is overwhelmed with it Through the use of foreshadowing irony and symbolism Poe presents a horrific 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 fall of his own 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 Poe utilizes the theme of pride and many other literary techniques such as foreshadowing revenge and irony in order to create a horrific and suspenseful masterpiece In The Cask of Amontillado Poe utilizes foreshadowing in a most grim and dark way First when Fortunato says I shall not die of a cough 1 Montressor replies True-true2 Instead Montressor knows that Fortunato will perish from his vengeful scheme of walling him up and having him die of starvation and dehydration 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 broken when he is caught in his trap 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 When
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