The Cask Of Amontillado, By Edgar Allan Poe

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Plagued with Insanity Scholars and critics have taken different positions on the motives and sanity for the narratives in Edgar Allan Poe’s, “The Cask of Amontillado” (1846) and “Tell-Tale Heart” (1843). Some view the stories as having a motive and the characters as being completely sane. While others say that there were no reasons for the murders in both of these stories, but came to the conclusion that the characters were psychotic and just ill- natured people. Also, they believe that a simple insult should not cause a person to kill. Those who believe the characters Montresor and the anonymous narrator are mentally ill pose a stronger argument, in that there is no reason good enough for a person to execute another and that it breaks the holy rule of thou shall not kill. Therefore, Montresor and the anonymous narrator had no reason for killing their victims which make a good reason to say that they were insane and acted with malice. Edgar Allan Poe’s works, typically, reflects events that he has encountered in his life and lot of the obstacles he tried to overcome as a human being. Death, being the significant theme is constantly met in his works. The reason being is that Poe has been abandoned by his parents, and has dealt with the loss of his wife who’d fell ill from the disease tuberculosis, and that started his infatuation with death. Poe never fully recovered from the traumatic events, in which now his works reflects the mad man inside of him. Therefore, in his works
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