Maniacal Mary Anne or Mad as a Hatter Montressor: Whose the Maddest Antagonist?

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No matter how heinous you think people are, there is always someone worse. In Edgar Alan Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado, the cunning Montressor plots and carries out a plan to kill his friend, Fortunato. In the Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong, a chapter taken from The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, the innocent Mary Anne is hardened by the war and transforms into a death-loving madwoman whose casual wear is a cotton skirt and a necklace made of tongues. Although Montressor killed his friend because he was offended by him, Mary Anne is more disturbing because she was at peace in a place full of death, and she had a major change in her physical appearance. Although Montressor killed Fortunato because he was somehow offended by him, Mary Anne is definitely more disturbing then he is. Montressor is a sociopath driven by his need to “get even”. Montressor said, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best as I could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge… I must not only punish but punish with impunity (Poe 1).” Montressor’s great solution after being constan...

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