Pride Can Be a Fatal Trait

Sometimes a person?s 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 Poe?s ?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. Fortunato?s pride becomes evident when he and Montresor first meet. When Fortunato learns of Montresor?s 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. Fortunato?s 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

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