In "The Cask of Amontillado," how does Montresor's family motto relate to the way Montresor treats Fortunato?

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In "The Cask of Amontillado ," referring to a wine, Montresor has received offenses and an insult from Fortunato. It is the insult that determines Montresor on revenge. The Latin language family motto of "Nemo me impune lacessit" is loosely translated to English as "No one I leave unpunished...

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In "The Cask of Amontillado," referring to a wine, Montresor has received offenses and an insult from Fortunato. It is the insult that determines Montresor on revenge. The Latin language family motto of "Nemo me impune lacessit" is loosely translated to English as "No one I leave unpunished who harasses me."

Fortunato apparently did "harass" Montressor. It may have related to the fraternal organization of Freemasons (Masons), as the gesture Fortunato makes is unknown to Montresor and Fortunado makes a big issue of denying that Montresor might himself be a Freemason.

Whatever the cause and issue of the "insult" given to Montresor by Fortunato, Montresor honors his family motto and punishes Fortunato for "harassing" him, and he does it in such a way that Fortunato knows that Montresor is acting as an avenger--though it is not clear that Fortunato knows preciesly what Montresor is punishing and avenging.

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In order to find the answer to this, just think about what Montresor does to Fortunato.  After all, he takes Fortunato down to his wine cellar and walls him up so that he will slowly die from a lack of water.  That's pretty horrible.

We have no idea what Fortunato has done to make Montresor angry, but it can't be anything too big.  If it had been, Fortunato would have known Montresor hated him.

So, Fortunato has not really done anything terrible to Montresor.  Even so, Montresor kills him in a terrible. way.  In this way, Montresor bring the motto to life.

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