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An Evil Revenge Author Edgar Allen Poe provides a view into a darker side of human nature in his short story The Cask of Amontillado depicting an image of evil and a sought after vengeance through which Montresor seeks to claim The desire for retribution is fueled by an insult issued by the respected and even feared Fortunado thus igniting the hostilities that burn in his heart Montresor deceivingly smiles and carelessly dismisses the insult but inside his heart is burning with vengeance It is through Montresors vow that he must not only punish but punish with impunity that his journey thus begins 173 While the journey is initially presented in a jovial carnival like setting Poe quickly leads the reader into the dark catacombs of Montresors home providing a realm of evil where Montresor will seek Fortunatos death Poes wardrobe of Fortunato in a jesters costume seems to symbolize the characteristic light in which Montresor views him Montresors true vengeful character is revealed when he convinces Fortunato to sample the Amontillado As they make their descent through the damp cold nitre covered walls of doom Montresor manipulates Fortunato by telling him he could have Luchesi taste the Amotillado thus making him want to be the one to taste the wine all the more As Montresor leads Fortunato into the caverns to his demise he convinces him to taste several other wines intoxicating him and making it easier for him to carry out his plan He continues this faade after hearing Fortunatos cough and telling him your health is precious We will go back you will be ill and I cannot be responsible 174 The author is foreshadowing Fortunatos death at this point and Fortunato then says Enough the cough is a mere nothing it will not kill me I shall not die of a cough 175 Montresor then replies True-true 175
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