Theme Of Insanity In The Cask Of Amontillado

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While reading The Cask of Amontillado i noticed that the story posses a theme that insanity that leads to destruction. As Amontillado gets Fortunado to go into the vaults by giving him alcohol, we notice that something seems to be unusual. The walls are covered in bone, which then again is not a normal sight. Amontillado keep offering Fortunado alcoholic beverages so he then can take advantage of Fortunado while he is not in a correct state of mind. When Fortunado finally falls through with Amontillados plan they both enter and Amontillado locks up Fortunado so he is unable to escape. First off, no human in their right mind would do this to someone they so call their friend, let alone offer them wine so they can soon destroy them. He builds…show more content…
The Man in this story is an alcoholic, yet that is still no excuse for the actions that he did. It is said that he loves his animals and enjoy them very much and out of all, his favorite is his cat. Yet something suddenly urged him to hurt his cat and it says “ I took from my waistcoat-pocket a pen-knife, opened it, grasped the poor beast by the throat, and deliberately cut one of its eyes from the socket!”. If this guy was not insane he wouldn’t counteract his words of loving his cat so much, then going about hurting the innocent animal. At the same time he felt some remorse, and knew what he did was wrong, and to cope with what he chose to do to his cat, he drank the memory away. Later in the Story, out of nowhere, one morning he decides to “slip a noose around its neck and hung it to the limb of a tree” with nothing said about anything going wrong with the cat and him. After he had hung the cat it says that he “hung it with the tears streaming from my eyes, and with the bitterest remorse at my heart”. Now why would you with no reason kill your cat, but at the same time be crying and have so much emotions of remorse? That is insane, and alcohol is the reason? No, there is no such thing as murdering a cat that you love and kill for no reason. He then goes on to express his feelings that he hung it because he “had knew that It had loved” him and “ felt it had given no reason of offence” and hung it because he knew that in doing so he was committing a sin. If you know right from wrong there are no ifs and or buts, therefore this guy is not in his right mind whether its due to his alcoholism or not. The black cat is a good example of how insanity leads to destruction and illustrates very

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