INsane or not insane That is the question

Insane Or Not Insane? That Is The Question
Some people wonder is Montressor was insane in the short story of "The Cask of Amontillado." Well to me, he was. I say this because would a sane man want revenge on a person? Would a sane man want to kill someone in such a slow and painful way? That is the idea that is going to be discussed in this essay.
"I must not only punish but punish with impunity (p. 149) That line in itself just says that he is not a normal thinking human being.This is when he starts to make out his plan of retribution. During this time, Montressor was careful not to arouse Fortunato's suspicions."…Neither by word or by deed had I given Fortunato cause to doubt my good will. I continued…to smile in his face, and he did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his immolation (p. 149).
Fortunato had a weakness, which Montressor thought could be good for his implementing his plan. Fortunato prided himself upon being a connoisseur of fine wines.In this respect, they were both equals.So therefore, he knew that he would catch on to the bait and fall into the trap.Montressor knew that Fortunato had been drinking and this was even more of a good thing for him. He had shown his gratitude for finding Fortunato because he had just purchased a large cask of what he thinks in Amontillado, which is a dry sherry. Montressor had his doubts about its authenticity and so didn't Fortunato. "Amontillado…Impossible! And in the middle of a carnival!" (p. 149). Montressor then told him that he also had his doubts, that he had already paid full price and that he was sorry for not consulting with himfirst.He then tells Fortunato that he was on the way to Luchesi's because he wanted to know its authenticity. That was just a piece of the bait to make Fortunato come into the trap.Fortunato was also placing himself in the trap by suggesting that they go to thei…

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