Planned Vengance "The Cask of Amontillado" by,Edgar Allen Poe

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Planned Vengeance

An average of over 23 million crimes are committed each year, of those about 13% go unsolved, and of that 13%, 4% are homicides. Sometimes these crimes go unsolved due to lack of evidence, and sometimes, like in a story I have read, because there is no body to be found. In the short story," The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allen Poe, The character Montresor is a very coldly calculating individual.

To begin with, when first introduced he is talking he is talking about his plans to get revenge on Fortunado for insulting him." At length I would be revenged; this was a point definitively settled, but the very definitiveness with which it was resolved, precluded the idea of risk. I must not only punish, but punish with impunity. A wrong is unredressed when retribution over takes its redresser. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong" (77).

In this passage Montresor is telling the audience that he plans to get revenge on Fortunado, but with no risk of being caught or punished for his vengeance.

Then when he encounters Fortunado in town accidentally on his way to see Luchesi; He does it on purpose, Baiting Fortunado by saying that Luchesi is just as good a wine connoisseur as he is, and that he need not trouble himself with going to Montresor's house to test the Amontillado. His words to Fortunado were as follows," As you are engaged I am on my way to Luchesi; id anyone has a critical turn it is he. He will tell me-""Luchesi cannot tell amontillado from sherry." "And yet some fools would have it that his taste is a match for your own."(78-79). In this part...