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Evil in the Human HeartSome people argue that evil is a part of human nature. The phenomenon of evil in the human heart is identified in both The Cask of Amontilladoand Young Goodman Brown. The two writings use mystery and horror to focus on the reality of the nature of evil. Starting with The Cask of Amontillado, the main conflict is between Montresor and his acquaintance, Fortunato. Montresor can be identified as a man of ego and a brutal temper. He claims that Fortunato has wronged him many times and he has let it go until this moment, and now he wants revenge. Montresor decides his revenge must be carried out without anyone suspecting him, however, he wants to make sure Fortunato knows it was him. He decides to use Fortunato's love for wine against him. “It was about dusk, one evening during the supreme madness of the carnival season, that I encountered my friend,”1Montresor approaches his acquaintance during the carnival season. He uses the cask of Amontillado to trick Fortunato, whois determined to taste this wine, into following him deep into the vaults. Fortunato slowly begins to cough as they get deeper in the vaults and has been drinking wine to subside it. The story is increasingly building tension when Montresor swiftly chains Fortunato, who is severely intoxicated at this point, to a wall. Montresor then begins to close in the entrance to the small cell he trapped Fortunato in. As he is doing this, Fortunato seems to think it is a joke and says “A very good joke indeed – an excellent jest. We will have many a rich laugh about it atthe Palazzo.”2Fortunato quickly sobers up and realizes his “friend” is burying him alive. When he comes to this realization, the reader can almost feel how helpless and petrified Fortunato is in 1Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Cask of Amontillado.”