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The Mortal Sin of Pride In The Cask of the Amontillado Edgar Allan Poe uses symbolism imagery and the atmosphere to help fully explore the sinful nature of pride and its serious consequences within the short story The character of Fortunato is the main capsule for the explanation of the dangers of being prideful of ones self By examining Poes use of symbolism images and effective backdrops around Fortunato the reader may begin to understand the importance of the deadly sin of pride Poe deliberately explains to the reader early on within the short story The Cask of the Amontillado that Fortunato takes extreme pride in himself on his connoisseurship in wine 153 The theme of having an overwhelming amount of self-pride one of the seven deadly sins is projected as a weakness of Fortunato and foreshadows the ideal that this deadly sin of pride may very well lead to the means of Forturnatos own destruction Fortunato Believes that his connoisseurship in wine 153 is far more developed and advance than anyone else in the area especially Luchesi and Montresor For example when Montresor offered to take his business to Luchesi because he Fortunato appeared to be pre-engaged in the enjoying himself within the supreme madness of the carnival 153 however Fortunato replied with Luchesi cannot tell Amontillado from Sherry 154 The reader may argue that Luchesi might have truly been just an amateur in the area of winery but with the next line Poe wrote Montresor replied That his taste is a match for your own 154 it is less of an issue Furthermore the reader can clearly see that Fortunato must have said what he did out of pride in his wonderful abilities Given the knowledge that the reader understands Fortunato and the simple fact that he is driven by opportunities to boost his egotistical self Fortunatos hidden motive to satisfy 153 Montresor doubts about the cask of Amontillado
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