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Is the narrator in "The Cask of Amontillado" insane?

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Is the narrator in "The Cask of Amontillado" insane?

The Cask of Amontillado:

In The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe, Montresor plans to lure his wealthy friend Fortunato into a catacombs and then bury him alive behind a brick wall. His plot succeeds because he understands the perfect way to manipulate Fortunato. His friend has a marked weakness for wine, so all Montresor has to do is promise him a free taste from his newly-purchased cask of Amontillado wine.

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Given the narrator's total lack of empathy for Fortunato or guilt over murdering him, it is highly likely that he is insane. When he tells the story,...

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Montresor in The Cask of Amontillado: Character Analysis & Overview

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In Poe's 'The Cask of Amontillado,' narrator Montresor lures and kills his former friend through tunnels underground in an act of vengeance. Analyze the two characters and an overview of the significance of the names in the story.


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