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Hardwick 1 Sydney Hardwick Professor Simon English 102-015 24 February 2021 Nemo me impune lacessit: Blood Shall be Shed “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe is a short story about the lengths one man will go to in order to enact his revenge. This tale is filled with terrifying suspicion to portray the ambiguity of revenge. The two main characters are Montresor, a person who desires revenge and Fortunato, one who is not so fortunate by the end of Poe’s dark tale. In the short story, Montresor not only wants revenge, but he wants to make sure that in the end Fortunato is aware of who is responsible for his untimely demise. The use of Poe’s gothic plot style portrays the story of one man’s maddening plan to take another man’s life. During the exposition Poe reveals the main conflict. Montresor explains his reasoning for his madness towards Fortunato by saying, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he entered upon insult, I vowed revenge” (Poe 329). Montresor is a very proud man; when Fortunato insults his family name, the thoughts of revenge awaken within Montresor. Fortunato went too far by insulting a time-honored family name, and Montresor vowed to avenge his family’s honor. Not only does he want revenge, but Montresor wants to make it known to Fortunato that his remarks are unforgivable. This is the moment that Montresor perpetuates that he is going to “punish with impunity” (Poe 329). He wants the punishment to be

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