The Guilt That Drives Insanity Essay

2098 Words Nov 14th, 2016 9 Pages
The Guilt that Drives Insanity There has been many cases that haven’t been answered by anyone of why one tends to murder something or someone. The human mind works in mysterious ways and each of us don’t actually know what goes on in another person’s human mind until we let each other know. We all have a breaking point that makes us commit errors, but for some of us it goes just a little too far. After reading the stories, “The Black Cat”, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, and “The Cask of Amontillado” we learn of how far a person goes when they are insane. Many don’t know of how serious a case is when someone has insanity, it’s the state of being mentally ill full with madness that can cause you to commit a crime. Just like the saying says, “The guilt will eat you alive.” In Poe’s short story, “The Black Cat”, the husband is a living nightmare to the rest of the characters; violent, mad, and a murder. However, the man does mention how his life was before he started dinking and turning into the monster that would make both his wife and pets suffer. The narrator does feel guilty for killing his cat named Pluto, he says, “hung it with the tears streaming from my eyes, and with the bitterest remorse at my heart:--hung it because I knew that it had loved me, and because I felt it had given me no reason of offence;-- hung it because I knew that in so doing I was committing a sin—a deadly sin that would so jeopardize my immortal soul as to place it- if such a thing were possible—even…

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