What characteristics of the narrator of "The Cask of Amontillado" make him an effective villain?

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First of all, Montresor is utterly ruthless. That's always a useful quality for an arch-villain to have. Killing a hated rival is one (pretty bad) thing; walling him up alive is something else entirely. In carrying out his revenge, Montresor has deliberately chosen one of the worst ways you can kill someone. Secondly, Montresor gives the impression that he actually enjoyed murdering Fortunato; he wants us to know just how much pleasure it brought him. The man is proud of what he did. You'd have to be a pretty sick, twisted individual to enjoy killing someone, especially in such a gruesome manner. But at no point does Montresor ever betray the slightest hint of remorse. As far as he's concerned, Fortunato had it coming, and he's not about to apologize for what he thinks was simply the righting of a wrong. All in all, Montresor is the archetypal pantomime villain; it's almost as if he's crying out to have people boo and hiss at him.

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The first reason that Montresor in "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe is an effective villain is that he is unambiguously evil. He does not just murder at the spur of the moment in a fit of passion, but in a cold and calculating fashion plots out his murder. The murder is particularly gruesome, in that it involves walling his victim Fortunato up in a cellar and letting him die a slow painful death there.

In the part of the narrative in which Montresor describes his method of leading Fortunato to the catacombs, he seems to take pride, and even joy, in his own duplicity. There is no sign of remorse in his account, and he seems to enjoy mocking Fortunato as he leads him to his doom.  

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