The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

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Was revenge justified in "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe? Is revenge ever justified?

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It is difficult to know if Montresor's revenge was justified because the reader doesn't exactly know what he's avenging. All we know, and this from a rather unreliable narrator, is that at some point Fortunato insulted him. What repercussions that had on him, his career, or his family we don't know. For all, we know the insult could have ruined his life. That would perhaps make the revenge more justified than what it seems on the surface. It is strange that Fortunato seems to have...

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