In Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado," the narrator Montresor experiences both external and internal conflicts. For example, Montrestor opens the story by saying that he has had to bear "a thousand injuries" from his friend Fortunato. The reader does not learn explicitly what those injuries have been; however, they have been enough to cause a rift (at least from Montresor's perspective) between the two men. Montrestor has gotten fed up with Fortunato's insults, so he resolves to get revenge. Based on this external conflict, Montresor also reveals the more important internal conflict with which he struggles. Later in the story, Montresor discusses his family's coat of arms, and the story implies that Montresor's family is not as wealthy as Fortunato's family. This detail leads the reader to believe that possibly, Fortunato has insulted Montresor's social standing. Montresor seems slighted by this comparison of wealth, revealing his inner struggle with feeling ashamed of his family's socioeconomic position. Montresor cannot come to terms with having his character slighted, and the internal conflict is what really motivates him to carry out revenge.