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I must not only punish but punish with impunity A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong With these ferverous words from the introductory paragraph of Edgar Allan Poes Cask of Amontillado the story of Montresors revenge begins Poe repeatedly stresses the need for revenge due to bitterness and resentment in Montresors character towards Fortunato but more importantly stress is placed on revenge by which the victim realizes their injustice towards the redresser Unfortunately it seems that Montresor is denied this pure and encompassing revenge when his victim Fortunato during his last few minutes with Montresor believes that his actions are a huge charade and not the actions of a man scorned and seeking revenge Although in burying Fortunato alive Montresor is able to physically accomplish what he ultimately desired he is left with an air of insatisfaction judging by his own definition of true and justified revengePoe shows the resentment Montresor feels towards Fortunato from the very first sentence of the story with The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge It is never specified what this injury was to Montresor but it was so obviously so heinous that Fortunato was not to be spared Later in the story Montresor implores Fortunato half-heartedly Come we will go back your health is precious You are rich respected admired beloved you are happy as once I was once again showing strong resentment towards the unsuspecting Fortunato whom he clearly blames for his present lower status We soon see foreshadowing of Fortunatos impending doom when the issue of Montresors shield of arms is brought into the conversation as A huge human foot dor in a field azure the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel Even more
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