The Narrator Montressor

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The Narrator (Montressor)         Edgar Allan Poe wrote the short story "The Cask of Amontillado". This was one of Poe's best-known tales of horror written in 1846. The story takes place in Italy in the basement of the main character (Montressor). Montressor is also the narrator of this story. He will stop at nothing to get the revenge that he deems himself and his family worthy of. Montressor's so called friend Fortunato whose pride will ultimately be the catalyst for his death. Pride can be a very dangerous thing.

        Montressor murdered his friend Fortunato, because he insulted him and his family, which the insult is unknown. Montressor says, "I must not only punish, but punish with impunity." Although Fortunato has hurt Montressor he will ultimately crush him. It is his duty and obligation to right the wrongs done to his family, even if it means death. The motto of Montressor's family is, "Nemo me impune lacessit."

Which means, "No one wounds me with impunity." The image of the coat of arms is to give the message of the dangers of                                                                                 pride and to show family pride. Montressor may have also been jealous of Fortunato because, Montressor says "You are rich, respected, admired, beloved; you are happy, as once I was." This statement is also saying that Montressor use to be happy and now he is sad.

        Montressor is a clever person. His cleverness belongs to his planning of his revenge, which also makes him rational. Montressor had to be sure not to raise any suspicion of what he was going to do to Fortunato. He did not show any anger or made threats towards Fortunato. He made things look normal between them and made it look like they were friends. Montressor used...