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During carnival Montresor gets his revenge on Fortunato for perceived insults.

We aren’t told what those insults were but Montresor’s revenge is terrible.

This was another Poe story I did a presentation on for school (but this one was for high school so it was a little more relaxed than the one I did for my college class).

This story is one of the most efficient Poe stories. We have two characters, one situation. There’s tension because we know that Montresor is up to no good, it’s foreshadowed very well. The atmosphere is evoked easily through description and dialogue. And the conclusion punches, especially with Fortunato’s last exclamation, “For the love of God, Montresor!”  A little later Montresor tries to get Fortunato to say more but he refuses. I interpreted that as Fortunato’s last act of defiance.

I sympathized way more with Fortunato. He seemed like a charming, trusting guy and Montresor doesn’t tell the reader what Fortunato did to him. We are led to create our own conclusions.

Montresor is also much more clever than the narrators of “The Black Cat” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” He plans the murder out and carries it out without a problem. He also doesn’t act in such a way that exposes his crime. I kind of admire him for that.

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