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Monstresor the main character in The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe is an unreliable narrator for various reasons First of all he is clearly mentally unstable and he noticeably shifts between dissimilar views An example of the dissimilar views Montresor uses is that Monstresor seems to be uncannily nice and friendly to both us and Fortunato even though he does not even have an idea of our identities and he is on a mission to kill the poor Fortunato Monstresor even tries to justify the murder of Fortunato by saying that murder relates to his family motto which is the Latin phrase for Nobody attacks me without punishment In addition he ends the story with In pace requiescat or May he rest in peace when talking about the deceased Fortunato whom he has had such displeasure with in the past To me this all seems like he is struggling with two conflicting views of himself and is unsure of how to act and think around humanity a common mental cycle associated with criminals and murderers As a way to illustrate the image of the disturbing mental condition of Monstresor Edgar Allen Poe never has Monstresor actually mentions what Fortunato said or did to insult him so In fact the only thing Monstresor does is talk about the great number of injuries that has been inflicted on him by Fortunato Later in the story though it is hinted that this may all be about the fact that Fortunato was categorized as a more complete wine connoisseur than he but the evidence behind this is lacking Next Monstresor unmistakably uses hyperbole in his everyday language and continually paints a picture in our minds of Fortunato as an unrealistically foolish man To illustrate the exaggeration one should notice how Monstresor mentions that there are one thousand injuries that Fortunato has inflicted upon him and says that it only verged on insult this one time but it
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