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      Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado": Naming Montresor's Madnesses

      Almost all readers agree that Montresor, the narrator of Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado," has some sort of mental disorder. After all, he walls a man up alive and, even after fifty years, is apparently not the least bit remorseful about that horrible crime. Since it is not enough merely to say he was nuts, I offer the following theory: Based on his behavior in the story Montresor suffers from recognizable symptoms of obsessive-compulsive behavior, antisocial disorder, and paranoia -- a deadly mixture of mental problems that pretty much guaranteed his murderous behavior.