"Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls. The massive characters are seared with scars. "- Khalil Gibran. In the short story, “The Cask of Amontillado,” written by Edgar Allen Poe, the main character, Montresor, suffers from an abnormal physcology for revenge due to his name being mocked by a man named Fortunato. Montresor is so consumed by his hatred for Fortunato that he deliberately creates a plot to murder Fortunato to seek justice for himself and his family name.
“Insanity: n. mental illness of such a severe nature that a person cannot distinguish fantasy from reality, cannot conduct her/his affairs due to psychosis, or is subject to uncontrollable impulsive behavior” (Hill). This definition describes the narrator, a sweet yet deadly man, of “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe seamlessly. (Appositive) A few prominent characteristics demonstrate the narrator’s insanity, and those include his motives, his actions, and his thoughts. The narrator in this story has a dilemma that establishes his senselessness. He knows that he wants to kill his roommate, but he doesn’t have a real motive: “Object there was none.
The Tell-Tale Heart Argumentative Paragraph In the story, “ The Tell-Tale Heart ,” Poe gives ideas which could prove that the narrator is criminally insane. The narrator could be named mad for some of his many actions and thoughts. The facts supporting this include: the defendant killed the old man over his “evil eye”, he brutally murdered the man and dismembered his body, he has to remind himself that he isn’t mad even though he committed murder, and states that he hears the dead man's heartbeat get louder and louder until he confesses murder. To begin with, the defendant kills the old man he lived with over his “evil” eye. He states that it gets to him, and drives him to eventually, after the 8th night, kill him.
Both exposed by victims thought to be dead, two men from two stories share similarities between their situations. In the stories The Tell-Tale Heart and The Black Cat, both narrators realize their acts were wrong, but they did them anyway by rationalizing that they were driven by circumstance. The Tell-Tale Heart is about a man who is disturbed by an old man’s “Vulture eye.” He thinks the only way to rid of this horrid eye is to kill the man. So for seven days, he watches him, and on the eighth he kills him. The man gives in to the police after being disturbed by his very own heart, which was thought to be the dead man’s.
Despair is another emotion of which he lacks control of; Romeo states, "[i]n what vile part of this anatomy / [d]oth my name lodge? Tell me, that I may sack / [t]he hateful mansion" (3.3.115-117) at Friar Lawrence’s cell after the Prince declares banishment. Instead of taking an emotional break to relieve himself of tension, he turns to his dagger to commit suicide. Luckily, Friar Lawrence is there to discuss the consequences of suicide and guide Romeo through his negative emotional state. This is not the only instance where Romeo faces despair; in Act Five he also feels despair when Balthasar brings him the unfortunate news.
The narrator’s warped thinking process it drove him to do insane things. Another one of his traits is guilt. One reason I think one reason he felt guilty was because he planned the murder of the old man and that drove him to turn himself in. Also it explains on ( page 138), “ yet the sound increased what could I do? It was a low, dull,
“Insanity is the state of being seriously ill;madness.”(The Urban Dictionary) In fact, Edgar Allan Poe states this in “The Tell Tale Heart” Edgar suggests this when he writes “Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees-very gradually-I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever(Poe pg.203).” There is no doubt the narrator of this story is insane. In fact, he expresses his insanity while believing he is sane.Obviously the narrator of “The Tale-Tell Heart” is crazy because he has bizarre thoughts, dismembered the old man”s body, and has a confusion of hearing heartbeats. The narrator has bizarre thoughts because he wants to kill an old man’s eye. You see, for seven nights he tried to kill the old man's eyes, but his eyes were always closed. “And this I did for seven long nights-every night just at midnight- but for it was not the old man who vexed me, but his Evil Eye( Poe pg.203).” Also, he says he gets furious when the light hits the man's eye.
Revenge, a thought that has crept into the minds of almost everyone yet, most would not kill to attain it. Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” depicts the murder of a man named Fortunato at the hands of Montresor. “Revenge” being the justification for this cruel act makes the morals of Montresor questionable and gradually builds to form a terrifying story. The dialogue between the two characters and the imagery used to create the catacombs and the twisted carnival atmosphere ultimately makes up this dark story. Throughout the narrative, the language used by Montresor shows deep emotion and disturbing passion for revenge and the punishment of Fortunato.
The main character however is the narrator. He is an angry, psychopath, madman. A quote from the text that proves character is linked to theme is, “ Throwing the links around his waist it was but the work of a few seconds to secure it” (pg. 165). In this quote, Montresor was angry at Fortunato for bullying him therefore, he chains him up in the catacombs.
In his greed, or desire to fulfill the prophecy, Macbeth murders several people, including King Duncan and Macbeth’s own friend Banquo. As he is trying to talk himself out of murder, he says, “I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o’er leaps itself and falls on the other” ,(Act 1 Scene 7 Shakespeare 62). Then Macbeth realizes that greed is his only motivator, yet he continues to pursue the thrown. The theme ambition plays a big role in Macbeth testing Macbeth disloyalty. Macbeth said to himself, “Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires”, (Act 1 Scene 4 Shakespeare 48) “Stars, hide your fires” is personification.