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Kristin Poole English 1 - 1 9/13/11

Montresor Character Analysis
The Montresor family motto is "Nemo me impune lacessit. No one attacks me with impunity." In The Cask of Amonillado, Montresor felt extremely insulted by Fortunato and vowed that he would get revenge. He created a scheme in which he gave him wine and got him drunk, then lured him down into a wine cellar. Montresor then trapped Fortunato and caused him to be buried alive. Montresor was able to live by his family motto and get his revenge on Fortunato, because he was vengeful, manipulative, and proud. Montresor was vengeful. In the first sentence of the story, he vowed revenge against Fortunato. In the story he says "The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge." Even though the story never tells what Fortunato did to Montresor, it's clear that Montresor feels he has been wronged by Fortunato. Montresor was certain that he would be avenged when he said "This was a point definitely settled." Montresor had made up his mind that Fortunato must pay for the things he had done. Montresor was also manipulative. When he met with Fortunato at the beginnning of the story he was careful not to let him know of his intensions of killing him. "I continued, as was my wont, to smile in his face and he did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought if his immolation." His smile was a lie, because he had already declared at the beginning that he would get revenge on Fortunato. He also acted manipulative when he pretended to be concerned with Fortunato's cold. "'Come', I said with decision. 'We will go back, your health is precious.'" He was trying to gain his trust by showing concern for him. This was manipulative because he was planning to use his trust against him and kill him. Lastly, Montresor was very heartless. It shows this at the end when Montresor built the wall trapping Fortunato. Fortunato pled with Montresor saying, "For the love of God, Montresor!" Montresor simply replied "Yes, for the love of God." It almost seemed as if he felt bad for what he had done when he said "My heart grew sick." However, then he said "It was the dampness of the catacombs that made it so." What he had done didn't seem to bother him at all, as if it was completely normal. Montresor's vengence, manipulation, and heartlessness allowed him to successfully get revenge on Fortunato. If he had not been vengeful he would not have planned Fortuanto's murder. If he had not been manipulative, he would not have been

. Fortunato would not be allowed to offend a Montresor without consequences. If he had not been heartless. Montresor had been offended by Fortunato. he would have felt guilty for what he had to convince Fortunato that he was his friend.