In what two cases is the wrong unredressed in "The Cask of Amontillado"?  

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It can be argued that Montresor fails in his own specific definitions concerning the "unredressed wrongs" in "The Cask of Amontillado." Montresor claims that

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.

Certainly, Montresor has allowed his extreme desire for retribution to supercede the actions he undertakes. We never find out what "thousand injuries" Fortunato has inflicted upon him, but it is unlikely that their sum total is deserving of murder. Montresor also fails to reveal to Fortunato specifically why he is walling him up to die. Montresor speaks to him, and Fortunato knows the identity of his killer, but Montresor does not sufficiently "make himself felt" to Fortunato concerning the crimes against him. 

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