Abcarian and Klotz define the Human Condition as,
“Man strives to give order and meaning to his life, to reduce the mystery and unpredictability that constantly threaten him. Life is infinitely more complex and surprising than we imagine, and the categories we establish to give it order and meaning are, for the most part, “momentary stays against confusion.” At any time, the equilibrium of our lives, the comfortable image of ourselves and the world around us, may be disrupted suddenly by something new, forcing us into painful reevaluation. These disruptions create pain, anxiety, and even terror but also wisdom and awareness”(4). The above quote states that all people learn by the same process. Initially there is a disruption. This is followed by an emotional response. The emotional response calls for action which will rectify the disruption. Once this is done, the person gains knowledge from the experience. Montresor in the short story, “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe (Poe, Edgar A. "The Cask of Amontillado." Introduction to Literature. 2nd ed. Boston: Pearson Learning Solutions, 2013. 37-43. Print.) is an example of a character who is altered by an aspect of the Human Condition (par. 1). In “The Cask of Amontillado”, Montresor”s disruption is initiated when Fortunado oversteps his boundaries. “The Thousand Injuries of Fortunado I had borne as best I could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge” (37). Fortunado had many times in the past picked on Montresor, who had accepted it every time, showing us that Montresor has very good patience. But the moment Fortunado insulted his family; Montresor swore revenge, which shows us just how important his family heritage is to him. His emotional response is how he reacts to the disruption. “The Montresors...were a great and numerous family.” Montresor takes much pride in his family and their history, so when Fortunado disgraces them, it is no easy thing for Montresor to just let it go. While he...
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