The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

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Discuss whether or not Montresor has a just cause to hate Fortunato. Why or why not?

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We have no evidence that Montresor has sufficient justification for the level of his intense hatred of Fortunato. First, Montresor is not specific about what Fortunato has done to earn his loathing. All he states, in the first sentence of the story, is:

The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.

We get a clue in the story that Fortunato thinks himself superior to Montresor. Fortunato is a mason—he...

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