English, Per 7
13 February 2013
“The cask of Amontillado” Essay
Fortunato was a very flawed character, which showed through and through. He made many attempts to lead him to his own success that led him to failure. Fortunato’s demise involved two people, himself and an old enemy he was unaware of, Montresor. Although, this was not all his fault, part of this was self-induced. Fortunato was a man of pride, gluttony, arrogance and greed. Montresor, on the other hand, is a man of tactfulness, intelligence, manipulative traits and no remorse. These were two key points that directed Fortunato to his current state. Three traits that led Fortunato to his demise and made him an easy target were his gluttony, trust or naivety, and his pride.
One trait that led to Fortunato’s downfall was his pride. When Fortunato was asked to test wine, instead of his opponent, he said, “Let us go nevertheless. The cold is merely nothing. Amontillado! You have not been imposed upon. And as for Luchesi, he cannot distinguish Sherry from Amontillado.” Fortunato has a lot of pride because he would give up being at a carnival to test wine, in the cold, over his rival, Luchesi. In addition, Fortunato has insulted Luchesi by saying that he cannot tell a Sherry from Amontillado. He has proven he has a lot of pride by subtly hinting that he is better than someone else. Fortunato was also very absent minded when he heard his opponent’s name because he wants to be better than him so badly. He would do anything to be better than Luchesi, his rival. Pride may sometimes be a good trait, but in this circumstance it was the complete opposite.
Another trait that made Fortunato an easy target was him being too naïve. Despite the fact that Montresor worked with Fortunato, and may have been a good friend, it would’ve taken a fool not to recognize that Montresor was trying to trick him. For example when Fortunato starts coughing the slightest bit, Montresor says, “ Come, we...