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A Tale of Revenge in The Cask of the Amontillado The Cask of Amontillado is a powerful tale of revenge Montresor the sinister narrator of this tale pledges revenge upon Fortunato for an insult Montresor intends to seek vengeance in support of his family motto Nemo me impune lacessitNo one assails me with impunity On the coat of arms which bears this motto appears a huge human foot dor in a field of azure the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are embedded in the heel It is important for Montresor to have his victim know what is happening to him Montresor will derive pleasure from the fact that as Fortunato slowly dies the thought of his rejected opportunities of escape will sting him with unbearable regret and as he sobers with terror the final blow will come from the equalization that his craving for the wine has led him to his doom The Cask of Amontillado is about one mans family revenge on another family In structure there can be no doubt that both Montresors plan of revenge and Poes story are carefully crafted to create the desired effect Poe writes this story from the perspective of Montresor who vows revenge against Fortunato in an effort to support his time-honored family motto Nemo me impune lacessit or No one assails me with impunity No one can attack me without being punished Poe does not intend for the reader to sympathize with Montresor because Fortunato has wronged him but rather to judge him Telling the story from Montresors point of view intensifies the effect of moral shock and horror Once again the reader is invited to delve into the inner workings of a sinister mind This part of the story is very disturbing and emotionally unstable Fortunato undergoes a change from laughter and thinking a practical joke is being played on him to a groaning realization that he is a dead
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