Montresor: Mad, But Intelligent Essay

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Montresor's family crest states their motto: "Nemo me impune lacessit", meaning no one attacks me with inpunity. When Fortunato, a "friend" of his, "ventures on insult," Montresor vows revenge. He does get his revenge: by walling in and suffocating Fortunato in the catacombs. Although Montresor is mad, he is intelligent, carefully plans out his actions, and does not think of the remorse from his actions, which is a deadly combination.
Montresor does have some disconnect or mental problem. He wishes to kill Fortunato for insulting him, but he never specifies what insult it was. He also states he has borne a thousand injuries. This is an exaggeration- Montresor only says this because he needs a reason to kill Fortunato. If Fortunato has done anything to deserve a painful death, he would certainly know, but Montresor does not let fortunato know what he has done and states "neither by word nor deed had [Montresor] given Fortunato cause to doubt [his] goodwill." Montresor's madness is also made clear by his method of killing Fortunato; he suffocates him in a wall built in front if him, allowing him to watch his grave being built around him. He does this very intentionally; he plans the most mentally painful death for his victim. He also states in the exposition that "a wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser," and that a wrong is "equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong." When both of these situations apply, it ensures the hopelessness and hatred of the victim are brought out.
Even though Montresor is mad, he is intelligent and plans out his actions carefully. However, his madness dictates what his intelligence is used for; in this case, that is killing a self-made enemy. He is...

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