What can you conclude about Montresor's feelings toward those who have allegedly wronged him? (A.) Holding grudges is a waste of time. (B.) One must not let injustice dominate reason. (C.)...

What can you conclude about Montresor's feelings toward those who have allegedly wronged him? (A.) Holding grudges is a waste of time. (B.) One must not let injustice dominate reason. (C.) Wrongdoers must be punished and wrong must be avenged. (D.) If the injustice is intellectual, revenge is justified.

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poetrymfa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado," Montresor's feelings toward those who have allegedly wronged him are best described as answer "C": wrongdoers must be punished and wrong must be avenged. We can reach this conclusion by examining the opening of the story, in which Montresor rants about the "thousand injuries" that he has endured as a result of Fortunato's behavior and the "insult" which finally caused him to vow revenge. We never receive more information about what these offenses were; rather, Montresor simply asserts that he must "punish with impunity" and do so without any consequences for himself, as "[a] wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser." Thus, despite all lack of logic or clearly articulated rationale, Montresor lures Fortunato to his wine cellar and effectively kills the inebriated man by paving a wall of stone and mortar around him.

cldbentley eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Montresor's true feelings about the wrongs, whether real or perceived as real by him alone, is made evident in the first paragraph of "The Cask of Amontillado".  He firmly believes that those who do wrong, specifically when that wrong affects him personally, must be punished and that revenge is his right.  It is important to understand, however, that Montresor does not feel that true justice (revenge) has been done if the vindicator is punished in any way.  In other words, Montresor feels that he must carry out his revenge with no consequences.  The correct answer is "C."

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