Cask Of Amontillado And Pride
Sometimes a personıs 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 Poeıs ³The Cask of Amontillado², Fortunato is
a prime example. Through his own desire to show his skill as a wine connoisseur,
he causes his own demise. Fortunatoıs pride becomes evident when he and

Montresor first meet. When Fortunato learns of Montresorıs cask of Amontillado,
he says ³Luchesi cannot tell Amontillado from Sherry,² (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. Fortunatoıs good judgment is also
clouded by the amount of alcohol he accepts from Montresor. ³A draught of this

Medoc will defend us from the damps.² ( 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

Fortunatoıs good judgment is overshadowed by his pride. He insists that he is
fine, and furthermore, asks for more alcohol. ³I broke and reached him a flagon
of De Grave. He emptied it at a breath.² (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 Fortunatoıs pride wouldnıt allow him to give up. Several
times it was Fortunato that urges Montresor to take him to the Amontillado pipe.

When Montresor says ³My friend, no. I will not impose upon your good nature. I
perceive you have an engagement,² (pg 117) Fortunato is quick to respond that
he has no engagement. He his desperate to reach the casks and see if it really
is Amontillado. Again, Montresor offers a way out. He says... ³Your health is
precious..², and ³We will go back; you will be ill...² (pg 118) Fortunato
shrugs that off by saying, ³Enough! The cough is a mere nothing: it will not
kill me. I shall not die of cough.² (pg 118) Even at the risk of his own well
being, Fortunato still insists that he wants to see the Amontillado. Fortunato
is given his last flight chance when Montresor suggests that the nitre has grown
too thick for them to proceed. Still Fortunato turns down any plan to return to

Montresorıs palazzo. He insists that they travel onward, in search the cask of

Amontillado. There are times when a personıs 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 Poeıs ³The Cask of Amontillado,²

Fortunato is a prime example. His great desire to taste the Amontillado and
pride from being better than Luchesi cause him to make some choices that he
wouldnıt normally make. He falls right into the trap set by Montresor. So it
ends that Montresor kills Fortunato by wielding against him his own pride.