What do you learn about Montresor from his analysis of revenge and from his family's coat of arms in "The Cask of Amontillado"?

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One must have a little background knowledge of the location and time period in which the short story occurs.  This is Catholic Middle Ages Italy. The coat of arms (the snake clasping the heel crushing it) sets the stage for the revenge--which Montressor wants for now and later.  Montressor gets Fortunato DRUNK--a mortal damble sin in the Catholic Church unless confessed to a priest.  If one dies with this unforgiven sin, it means ETERNAL DAMNATION in hell.  This is Montressor's TOTAL REVENGE. Not only does Fortunato realize at the end what is happening, but also realizes where he is going to.  And Montressor (the Monster), gets away with total revenge--murder of the body and soul of his enemy Fortunato.

Montressor's revenge upon Fortunato in "The Cask of Amontillado " is two-fold: It must be fitting and severe, and it must be completed without the...

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