Cask of Amontillado”, a murderer, Montresor, plans a clever revenge scheme using many small parts to bring the plan together. Montresor’s
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Knowing this, Montresor also knows that there is nothing that can be done to fix the failure that has become his revengeful scheme.
After Fortunato’s death, Montresor starts to feel remorse, but cannot admit it. “My heart grew sick – on account of the dampness of the catacombs” (Poe 99). Montresor’s pause after he says his heart grew sick suggests that he actually felt some kind of remorse or trouble about the crime and that he is unable to directly admit that he feels remorse. Engel proposes that “…while sustaining this obsession during those years, might well be explained by his unconscious fear of the guilt he would, once found out, consciously have to accept. And having to accept it might drive him insane” (Engel 62). Montresor’s rule of revenge, that the avenger must feel victorious about the crime, does not apply to him. His heart grew sick because of the crime, but he makes himself doubt that he is feeling remorse. Over a span of fifty years, Montresor has obsessed over every single detail of that night.
Engel says that the reason he remembers so much of the night is because he feels unconscious guilt for his crime. Montresor’s revenge is a failure because, as one of his rules states, the avenger must feel triumphant about the crime, but Montresor feels remorse and/or disappointment. By blaming the sickness in his heart on the “dampness of the catacombs”, Montresor subconsciously says that he feels guilty, but avoids outright admitting