The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allan Poe Essay

1081 Words Jan 16th, 2015 5 Pages
Premeditated When one attacks another with the intent of killing, they are guilty of 1st degree murder. In the short story “The Cask of Amontillado”, by Edgar Allan Poe, a character whom would be guilty of such an indiscretion is Montresor. In the story Montressor seeks out to murder Fortunato in a torturous way. By planning to kill Fortunato, and carrying out the plan, Montresor deserves to be penalised in court with the sentencing of 1st degree murder by Illinois law of the year 2011. In the text, it is shown that Montresor plans to kill Fortunato when he carries a trowel to the catacombs in order to seal Fortunato in the walls. By Illinois law he is guilty of 1st degree murder because “...the murder was committed in a cold, calculated and premeditated manner pursuant to a preconceived plan.” (Illinois Compiled Statutes -- First Degree Murder 9-2 b11). This shows that he is guilty based on the fact that he planned this murder demonstrated by the fact that he carried his trowel to seal Fortunato in the catacomb. It is shown that he has a trowel when in the text it says “...producing from beneath the folds of my roquelaire a trowel” (Poe 21). With a premeditated plan in mind, he carried the trowel. The fact that he carried the trowel is a testament to the basis that he planned to kill Fortunato, which is evidence for premeditated murder. Also Montresor already having locks chains and spare brick to cover and chain Fortunato shows premeditation because he…

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