The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allen Poe Essay example
For my writing assignment, I chose the short story “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe. Poe spins a tale of the ultimate deception, which leads Fortunato to his demise. I selected this work for many reasons, it appealed to me, I am a fan of Poe and his ability to twist and turn a readers mind without revealing his shocking endings too soon, and because I wanted to dissect our in class discussion more, because I do not believe Montresor is mentally ill. When we discussed The Cask of Amontillado in class, it seemed that the majority of the class believed that Montresor must have suffered from some psychological disorder to be able to carry out such a heinous act against Fortunato. I disagree with this statement because I.do not believe he could have masterminded such a feat with a diminished metal capacity. If we take into consideration the following rules set for proving insanity, we can clearly see that Montresor was not insane at the time of his crime.
“The McNaughton Rule of not knowing right from wrong, at the time of committing the act, the accused was laboring under such a defect of reason, from disease of the mind, as not to know the nature and quality of the act he was doing or, if he did know it, that he did not know what he was doing was wrong.” (Cornell)
We can see that Montresor knows what he is doing is wrong because he tricks his staff into leaving for the night, “given them explicit orders not to stir from the house.” (Text pg…