Edgar Allan Poe 's The Cask Of Amontillado

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Montresor’s Insanity in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” Why are people drawn to stories of the insane? Insanity is a major theme in the media; from literature, to movies, to television, even in games - many stories focus on when the frail human psyche has been pushed to its breaking point. In Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado”, Montresor relates the tale of revenge on his supposed friend, Fortunato. While everyone is out of his home and the streets are filled with the noises of the carnival, Montresor lures Fortunato to his home. He tells him he has acquired a pipe of Amontillado, and he wishes Fortunato to confirm its authenticity. Montresor plays the concerned friend, appearing worried about Fortunato’s health in the deep caverns where the Amontillado is kept, telling him he can have someone else test the Amontillado. However, Fortunato protests. Montresor leads Fortunato deep into the damp tunnels below his home, using Fortunato’s pride against him to guide him to his own death. Once they are deep in the catacombs, surrounded by the bones of Montresor’s ancestors, Montresor chains Fortunato into a small crypt, and seals him behind a brick wall - leaving him to die a slow and lonely death. Readers are fascinated by stories of murder, madness, and the suspense that often goes hand in hand with the two. Montresor in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” demonstrates clear insanity. One example of Montresor’s insanity is his use of…
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