Illusion Vs Reality Analysis

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Illusion Vs Reality

Each of the stories discussed in class similarly illustrate an intrinsic illusionary world in the minds of the main characters that seems to intertwine with the reality they are living. Their actions result from a blurred line between facts and the image of events their minds create from an ill, fixated idea that is nourished by either premeditation or ideation. In the “Cask of Amontillado,” Montresor’s madness grows from his resentment at Fortunato, and the old insults and injuries that he has to endure. Montresor patiently ruminates on his revenge with masterly
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This obsessive idea becomes the reality-bender factor driving him insane and making him frightened out of his wits. He develops the urge to take action to stop such a disturbance. He is aware that the old man is harmless, but he needs to destroy the eye, for which the old man must die. This obsession sets the mood of the story detaching the protagonist from reality, who after committing murder in his paranoia continues hearing the beating of old man’s heart under the bedroom floor. Interestingly, he does not deem himself mad, and to prove it he confesses his crime, recounting the events with such eloquent equanimity and well-detailed narrative, as if he were in total control of his emotions and in sound mental …show more content…
However, he still considers her one of his trophies, showing her portrait as a piece of high quality art among his other possessions. This element demarcates distinctively his state of delusion in the story. The arrogance and condescending demeanor of this character are tools the author uses very effectively to express the irrational cloud blurring the reality of the protagonist, who truly believes in the righteousness and propriety of his actions, even if it involves murder. His premeditated actions result from his ill idea of the Duchess being disrespectful and disregarding towards

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