Summary Of The Cask Of Amontillado And The Yellow Wallpaper

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In the “Cask of Amontillado” and “The Yellow Wallpaper,” both main characters suffer from severe psychological disorders or diseases of the mind. In “The Cask of Amontillado,” Montresor’s characteristics and actions all indicate psychopathy. In “The Yellow Wallpaper,” The narrator’s delusions, hallucinations, and obsessive behaviors all demonstrate schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
I. In “The Cask of Amontillado,” Montresor suffers from an anti-social personality disorder (psychopathy). A. Montresor told attendants that he would not return until morning, and to not leave the house. Yet he knew they would leave. 1. He knew well that they would leave and that his plan was set in motion (killing Fortunato) without nobody having him suspected. 2. Montresor manipulates Fortunato using his love of drink, and eventually lures him into the catacombs, where the “Amontillado is.” B. Montresor binds Fortunato with chains inside the catacombs. 1. When Fortunato has too much to drink and starts coughing from the Nitre, Montresor acts compassionate using reverse psychology, still leading him to his death. “Come, we will go back; your health is precious” (Poe 293). 2. After Montresor binds Fortunato, he says, “I placed my hands upon the solid fabric of the catacombs and felt satisfied” (Poe 295).
II. In “The Yellow Wallpaper,” the narrator suffers from two disorders, schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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