Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Cask Of Amontillado'

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1. What is the Montresor family motto? How does this motto apply to the relationship between Montresor and Fortunato? In the story the narrator (Montresor) mentioned about his family motto. When Fortunato asked him about the motto then he replied "Nemo me impune lacessit" (Poe 16). This motto means that if anybody harms the Montresor family, they will take revenge on it. Whoever tries to harm them, will get punishment according to this motto. Montresor was angry with Fortunato, who once insulted him and that's why Montresor wanted to give him punishment. Finally, he killed Fortunato and he succeeded to take revenge. Montresor's mentality of taking revenge is actually connected with his family motto which says to give punishment with impunity to the people who do harm to Montresor family. Montresor followed his family motto. He said "I must not only punish, but punish with impunity" (Poe 14). Indeed, Montresor applied his…show more content…
Find three hints that Montresor gives to Fortunato of what he intends to do. How does Fortunato interpret each hint? a) When Fortunato asked to go Montresor's vaults, then Montresor said "The vaults are insufferably damp. They are encrusted with nitre" (Poe 15). Here Montresor implied that Fortunato can have a problem in the vaults. But poor Fortunato thought that Montresor cares a lot about his health and that's why he said that. b) In the story Montresor told Fortunato about his family motto. He explained that according to his family motto, whoever harms his family will get punished with impunity. He said "A huge human foot d'or, in a field azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel" (Poe 16). Here whatever he said is enough to make Fortunato understand that Montresor is going to take his revenge as Fortunato insulted him. But fool Fortunato never understand that hint and he thought Montresor is just telling about his family motto. Even after hearing this motto he (Fortunato) said "Good!" (Poe
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