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Battle of Impunity Insults often serve as a catalyst for revenge Yet revenge never comes without consequences These consequences can stay in a persons subconscious for the remainder of their life Through the clever short story The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe Montresor suffers from being insulted seeking revenge and living with guilt Montresor is unsuccessful in punishing Fortunato with impunity The obsession to confess is a killer Montresor starts the evil revenge plot with a smile on his face It must be understood that neither by word nor deed had I given Fortunato cause to doubt my good will I continued as was my wont to smile in his face and he did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his immolation Montresor believes that he will feel free and better about himself for he will be completing his mission of impunity With one brick remaining My heart grew sick it was the dampness of the catacombs that made it so He thinks he will feel free but throughout his life his freedom to do otherwise stands chained in the dank vault with Fortunato He to is dead to the world immobile chained to the rock of his one guilt-ridden act of aggression The sickness he feels isnt the dampness of the catacombs but the first feeling of remorse He is killing a well respected and even feared man Now confessing there is no way to change t he past and his guilty conscience still remains Through all the trouble Montresor goes through to kill the one person he truly despises he benefits nothing He thinks he will be happy He even smiles at the sight of Fortunato in the beginning Once he completes the task the only thing left to do is live his life leaving Fortunato behind physically and mentally Montresor can be better off leaving Fortunato alone but instead he takes the unchristian way out
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