What message is the author sending the audience through the imagery of Montresor's coat of arms in "The Cast of Amontillado"? What does it symbolize?
The Montresor coat of arms has a golden human foot on a sky blue background; the foot is stepping on a serpent rampant which is turning and biting into the heel of the foot even while the snake is being crushed by it. Montresor explains that his motto is "'Nemo me impune lacessit,'" which is Latin for No one harms me with impunity; the word impunity means without punishment . This motto makes sense with the arms image itself...
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