Pride In The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allan Poe

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Pride is an internal emotion that can affect anything internally as well as externally, not necessarily in a good way. In “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe, Montresor, has been insulted by Fortunato and is seeking revenge. In Edith Wharton’s short story, “Roman Fever”, Alida Slade and Grace Ansley are trying to kill each other. Mrs. Slade tries to do so literally by tricking Ms. Ansley into going outside in the cold night, while Ms. Ansley is trying to do so figuratively. In these short stories, both Poe and Wharton show how pride alone is enough to destroy someone’s life. First of all, both Poe and Wharton show that their characters try to hurt or kill their competition in order to gain pride. In “The Cask of Amontillado”, Montresor states that he “vowed revenge”. To “vow” is to make a serious promise to oneself and “revenge” is punishing someone who has harmed you. This means that instead of overcoming “the thousands of injuries of Fortunato”, he’s going to get rid of the root of the problem, Fortunato, ultimately kill him. He is…show more content…
Slade use other characters in order to circumvent their targets into their death trap. In “The Cask of Amontillado”, Montresor uses Luchesi in order to anger Fortunato. Fortunato’s arrogance in knowing wine makes him think he is the best in doing so and no one else is as good as him. Montresor uses “Luchesi” multiple times. For example, when he and Fortunato are in the catacomb he says “As for Luchesi”. Because they were going off topic of what Montresor wanted to do with Fortunato he reminds him of Luchesi. Fortunato does not want Luchesi to taste the Amontillado, for he believes that he is the best wine connoisseur. In “Roman Fever” Mrs. Slade uses Delphine in order to mislead Ms. Ansley. Ms. Ansley’s love for him has lead her outside during a cold and windy night. Mrs. Slade was hoping that the wind would damage Ms. Ansley’s delicate throat and give her Roman

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