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In Edgar Allan Poes The Cask of Amontillado the narrator Montresor hadsuccessfully carried out the execution of his greatest enemy Fortunato By reading thestory it can be reasonably determined that the tactics and methods used to kill Fortunatowere skillfully thought out and pre-planned It was not a spur of the moment murder but aIn The Cask of Amontillado the main character Montresor purposely postponedthe execution of Fortunato until the supreme madness of the carnival season At first thecarnival may seem to be irrelevant towards the planning of Fortunatos murder but it wasactually a prime moment for Montresor to seek his revenge upon Fortunato He hadwaited for the carnival season for a particular reason so he would not be detected luringFortunato to his death Everyone attending the carnival was dressed in a costumeMontresor himself was disguised by a black mask of silk and a roquelaure 117 as wasFortunato in a clown suite Further the people at the carnival were under the influenceof alcohol When you put the costumes and the drunk attendants of the carnival togetherit would be impossible to find a credible witness to pin point Montresor and FortunatoAnother carefully planned tactic used by Montresor was the use of his servants Hehad skillfully used his servants in such a way that they aided him in the murder ofFortunato Montresor had purposely planned for his servants not to be home on the nighthe killed Fortunato He stated this by saying there were no attendants at home I hadtold them that I should not return until the morning I had given them explicit orders notto stir from the house These orders were sufficient to ensure their immediatedisappearance as soon as my back was turned 117 Montresor had used his servantsin two ways First their disappearance meant that there was no material witnesses at his home linking him and Fortunato to the underground catacombs Secondly he used theservants as an alibi to his crime
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