In the short story The Cask of Amontillado, the main character Montresor shows that his connoisseurship goes well and beyond the fine wines, and simple delicacies. He approaches revenge as a form of art. This first shows when Montresor, describes deviously, how he will punish Fortunato for the many injuries he now possesses. Then, he meets Fortunato at the carnival and greets him like an old friend. However, Montresor conceals his true views of Fortunato long enough to lure him into catacombs.
In The Scarlet Letter the narrator says, “Be true! Be true! If you will not show the world your worst, at least show some quality that suggests to others the worst in you!” (Hawthorne, 224) This quote accurately sums up the dilemma that the characters in The Crucible by Arthur Miller and The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne face. However not all pride in these two books is bad. In The Crucible, John Proctor has so much pride that not only did it cost the life of others but it also cost him his own and in The Scarlet Letter the minister, Arthur Dimmesdale’s pride also caused him to perish.
He prided himself on his connoisseurship in wine”(Poe 344). I believe this quote shows that Montresor has plans for Fortunato that involves wine and deceiving. I think Montresor and Madame Loisel have real reason or reasons that seem real to them to be a liar, I truly believe Madame Loisel is lying because she wants to deny her social status because she believes she was meant for a stylish, extravagant lifestyle while Montresor’s reasons is much darker. Montresor is lying because he wants
When he makes a mistake, he is too proud to correct it and to admit that he was wrong. Iago takes advantage of Othello’s stubborn character and uses them to destroy all that precious for Othello. He encourage Othello’s pride by flattering him and convinces that decisions are taken by him are always
Montresor demonstrates his cunning when he suggests going “‘to Luchesi,”’ (Poe 2) a rival wine expert, as a way to make Fortunato jealous so that Fortunato will go down to the catacombs with him. Holmes’ partner Watson expresses his admiration
Fortunato whom he hates is a fool for wine. Amontillado is a kind of sherry. Montresor lured Fortunato to the vaults and made revenge with an exceptionally hideous way. In this story, Poe describes the mental state of Montresor and his character almost like a devil because of his cruelty during revenge. Montresor accomplishes the revenge because he has a strong violent vengefulness to Fortunato, is a very careful and intelligent person, and feels pleasure to kill people.
Man can do a lot with anger but controlling anger is extremely hard to do especially when it has built up inside your head for so long. I see Montresor as a smart man, he doesn’t just go and try to kill Fortunato like a normal ‘angry man’ would do. Montresor finds Fortunato’s weakness and acts on it (his weakness is wine). By convincing Fortunato to follow him to taste “amontillado” Montresor’s confidence rose tremendously. Fortunato is a fool because he doesn’t get what Montresor is doing.
To finally take said action against his friend and seek his vengeance, Montresor gets the idea to trick him into going inside his vault, where he plans to do his unjust deed. Fortunato is a 'rich, respected, admired, and beloved, man that is also member of the Masons and proud of his ability to judge wines. Fortunato in this story wears a clown or a fool 's costume which is ironic since Montresor intends to make a fool of the man and pledges to take his revenge upon him by taking this to his advantage of the man’s love for wine and provoking the his pride by saying "And yet some fools will have it that his taste is a match for your own’’ (Poe 1846) and doing this it is his pride that eventually leads him to his demise. Were as it being Montresor 's pride in his family motto may very well have led him into committing a totally gratuitous murder, by reason of his so-called imagined injuries and insults of his “friend”
By examining pride’s role in “The Scarlet Ibis” and in real life, it is evident that pride can be dangerous and destructive. In “The Scarlet Ibis”, the narrator’s pride ultimately caused the death of his brother and brought him pain and suffering. Since the narrator was only motivated by his selfish pride, he kept pushing Doodle harder and harder, without regard for his brother’s feelings or well-being. If he had acted out of love instead of pride, he would have been gentle and compassionate when he helped his brother, therefore preventing his death. The text states, “They did not know that I did it for myself; that pride, whose slave I was, spoke to me louder than all their voices, and that Doodle walked only because I was ashamed of having a crippled brother.” Pride caused the narrator to act recklessly at the expense of his
Furthermore, Montresor obviously has planned for this revenge ahead of time and been waiting for the day that Fortunato will show up. Montresor is aware of Fortunato’s connoisseurship and love for wine, that made it easier for Montresor to accomplish his mission. Another example of Montresor’s maliciousness is that he keeps on calling Fortunato as ‘My friend’. Also when he offered Fortunato a bottle of Medoc wine to keep him warm, which will also get him drunk to fall into Montresor’s
Jealousy is the most dominant theme of Othello. “Honest” Iago, the protagonist, is utterly absorbed with his jealousy of Michael Cassio because Cassio was chosen as lieutenant instead of Iago. He yearns for everyone to be as miserable as himself by implementing seeds of doubt resulting jealousy of other characters. His mind is clouded by animosity; Iago acquires for others to be justly jealous shown through Iago’s manipulation of characters, especially Othello. Shakespeare begins the story with an evidence of trust in Iago from Roderigo as he reveals his dear love for Desdemona.