Cask of Amontillado

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Wrongfully Accused?

Do you believe Montresor is crazy? Well unlike most people, I believe that he is perfectly sane. After reading the story “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe I have decided that Montresor is sane.

He can’t possibly be insane! First, to decide if he’s “insane” we need to know the true definition of insane. The term Insanity is used when someone repeats the same actions over and over again but expecting different results every time. Montresor killed Fortunado only once and he knew what the result would be.

Feigning insanity? Feigning insanity is the simulation of Mental illness in order to avoid or lessen the consequences of a confrontation or conviction for an alleged crime. One example of this is of Mafia boss Vincent Gigante who pretended to have dementia and was often spotted walking around his neighborhood in his pajamas muttering to himself. But through many surveillance cams and testimonies it was proven that he was perfectly sane and ruled over his Mafia family with an iron fist!

The beginning lines of the story make it seem like he’s confessing to the murder of Fortunado to a preacher, which is a reason in itself that he’s sane due to the possible fact that he feels guilty and the other potential fact that he understands that him murdering Fortunado is wrong.

A quote to back this up is “my heart got sick- on account of the dampness of the catacombs.” Implying that he feels bad maybe even guilty for killing Fortunado and torturing him.
Overall there appears to be more of a case for Montresor’s insanity. He has many of the characteristics of your typical insane serial killer. He feels justified in the killing of Fortunado, appears to get satisfaction out of retelling the story of his revenge at the beginning of the story, smiles at Fortunados death and pretends to be worried about fortunado to give him a false sense of security, and he watches and taunts him while he dies. All of these make him seem insane, but...
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