Edgar Allen Poe 's The Cask Of Amontillado Essay

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Edgar Allen Poe Essay

“If still you think me mad, you will think so no longer when I describe the wise precautions I took for the concealment of the body.” (Poe, TTH 49). Edgar Allen Poe’s short stories The Cask of Amontillado and The Tell Tale Heart show us a terrifying world of madness and murder. The sensory details to the narrator 's thoughts provide the audience with a display of mental instability and madness. From envy to obsession, these stories show equal amounts of a specific mental delusion, urging the narrator to commit an unthinkable crime. Although it is evident that Montresor of The Cask of Amontillado is insane, the narrator of The Tell Tale Heart displays a madness of much greater magnitude.

For instance, in the opening paragraphs of the story, the narrator consistently denies his madness, but confesses to having committed murder. He insists that he is in a better state of mind than he has ever been, stating that his senses were sharpened and hearing acute. The narrator sees himself in this time as a superior human being, not at all a madman. He firmly believes that because he has control, the ability to reason, and can cleverly and cunningly carry out the murderous deed, that he is of course not mad at all. He is extremely proud of this and gloats, “But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded- with what caution- with what foresight- with what dissimulation I went to work” (Poe, TTH 45). He repeatedly claims that he is not…

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