The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

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Did Montresor commit a perfect murder?

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At the beginning of Poe's classic short story "The Cask of Amontillado," Montresor elaborates on his definition of the perfect revenge. After vaguely describing the ways Fortunato had caused him harm, Montresor provides his definition for the perfect way to get revenge by saying,

I must not only punish, but punish with impunity. A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong. (Poe, 1)

Montresor is essentially saying that he must not only punish his enemy but do so...

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