Your assignment is to prepare and submit a paper on the villains in the cask of amontillado and draculas guest. Montresor depicts himself as being very proud. Despite that he is not in a position of influence, it appears that there are various features that he put into consideration sacred to himself, and that guide him. There is the coat of arms that he talks about in grave detail, the human foot that he talks about crushing and killing a snake and the Latin motto he lives by, “no one injures me with impunity” (Longinovic 45). Dracula demonstrates his own proud nature in a way that he depicts his heritage. He is of boyar heritage, and he proceeds to explain to Haker that his heritage breeds a form of valor and subsequent honor in the Modern Era. He states that the memories he has of this upbringing are just about heroic. Both characters are obviously used in portraying pride and are not afraid or do not show any inhibitions towards portraying it (Stoker 46-61).
It is evident that, in their operations, they both prey on naivety. Dracula appears to be aware of the reputation that he has cultivated for himself. If this is so, then he is also well aware that Haker must have received many warnings on the way to the castle, which he did. He presents himself as an educated, calm and honorable man and succeeds in blinding Hacker’s notion of him until he deems it fit to act otherwise. Montressor pretends to be on friendly terms with Fortunato, whom he knows will not suspect a thing. Fortunato appears naïve and because he could not suspect that his so-called friend had ulterior motives seeing as he was so willing to take him on such a long distance for a simple wine drinking expedition. Both Hacker and Fortunato are depicted as naïve through their feeble reasoning (Longinovic 57-61).