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The Cask Of Amontillado, And The Fall Of The House Of Usher By Edgar Allan Poe

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A Bad Seed According to the Collins English Dictionary, one that is considered a bad seed is “seen as being congenitally disposed to wrongdoing” (“Bad Seed”). Predisposed insanity is a character trait that Edgar Allan Poe often places within characters. In Edgar Allan Poe’s “Annabel Lee,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” and “The Fall of the House of Usher” all characters have an obsession that drives them to insane actions. In “Annabel Lee,” the speaker is predisposed to his obsessive love driving him to extreme actions. The speaker begins by insisting that Annabel Lee feels so strongly for him that their love is her only purpose for living. He expresses her feelings by saying “And this maiden she lived with no other thought / Than to love and…show more content…
Montresor is desperate for avengement after Fortunato disrespects his lineage “a thousand times” and devises a plan of revenge against Fortunato (Poe 68). Within his plan, Montresor stresses that he “must not suffer as a result of taking [his] revenge” (Poe 68). Montresor’s horror at being caught rather than the thought of murdering another person shows a serious lack of mental stability. Beyond the absence of guilt, the thought that Montresor puts into murdering Fortunato is concerning. Like Fortunato, Montresor is knowledgeable on fine wines, and he uses this as the heart of Fortunato’s demise. Montresor plans out Fortunato’s death, beginning with Fortunato’s “one great weakness: he liked to drink good wine,” so Montresor threatens his standing on wine when he says he will go to Luchresi instead of Fortunato for his opinion on the Amontillado became “they say he knows as much about wines as [Fotunato]” (Poe 68-69). Montresor plays on Fortunato’s pride to regain his own self-respect so that he may lure the other man into a sense of security before he bricks him into the wall. As Montresor builds Fortunato into the wall, he is being filled with the self-respect he had lost with Fortunato’s insults just as he is losing all of the guilt that kept him classified as a sane person before his insane actions. He refuses…show more content…
His mental illness is the only one with traceable evidence; whereas, Montersor’s mental instability is inferred. Roderick’s mental illness is known to be due to his incestuous family line as “the entire family lay in the direct line of descent,” meaning that he will eventually have to marry his sister (Poe 500). Due to the incestuous relationships in the Usher family, Roderick suffers from a “mental disorder which oppressed him” and causes him to act in the odd ways that he does (Poe 500). Roderick’s mental disorder drives obsessions within his mind, which causes his senses to be heightened. The narrator notices Roderick’s odd behavior and observes that “[h]e suffer[s] much from a morbid acuteness of the senses” (Poe 502). The “morbid acuteness” means that Roderick focuses on the items around him so deeply that they overwhelm him and he is unable to leave them behind. When with the narrator, Roderick is able to be most normal, as his sister is not around. It is when his sister is near, that Roderick suffers most from his illness. After his sister’s “death,” Roderick suffers from his acuteness at a ridiculously heightened level. His appearance dwindles to an even worse visage than the narrator first describes due to the loss of his only companion, until the narrator’s arrival. Roderick’s decline in health and
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