Riddick 1 Confederacy of a Dunce This man is most certainly, without a doubt, not mad! He has every quality of sanity, and every aspect of a good mind! “Hearken! and observe how healthily-how calmly I can tell you the whole story.” (Poe, 537) A mad man would never take the time to plan a strategy! He would never fool the men around him! And of course, a mad man would never feel any sense of guilt whatsoever. Please, here my argument, and you will most definitely see more clearly. This sane man had the mentality, the brains, to construct oh such a skillful plan. Every night, in preparation of the murder, this man would sneak his head into the elder’s door slowly, carefully, at the middle of every night. He was never even suspected of being remotely threatening, but aha! For not only did the man think to practice his entrance for a week, but he also took the care to be kinder than ever before to the man, so as to eliminate any possible future suspicion - tells it himself; he does! He said, “I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him.” (Poe, 538) Tell the truth: would a mad man have been this smart, or even taken the mere time? If you are still convinced that this man is loony, simply speak to his acquaintances. Could madness go unnoticed? Are we the first men to have ever crossed his path? Hark! The man obviously seemed perfectly normal to his fellow peers. He also had tame self control - care and hiss of heart to treat people with such hospitality, especially the police officers that came to investigate his house after reports of noise from the neighbors. The man tells us, “The officers were satisfied. My manner had convinced them.” (Poe, 541) Of course a police officer would notice something wrong with his manner if there was! Are they not trained in such ways? But of course! A mad man has no care for others, and every person knows it. This man, most certainly did care. Riddick 2 Finally, for those who are so stubborn and ignorant, the proof our sane man with one final point: his feelings. Yes, simply his feelings, something mad men may not have. This man began to hear a noise on the night of the deed, and he was actually paranoid, thinking that the neighbors would also hear the sound and become suspicious! He states himself, “True!-nervous, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?” (Poe, 537) He also, after crushing the old vulture eye-bearing man under his bed, cutting his limbs apart, and burying him under the floorboards, felt somewhat guilty! Aha! See, now? No mad man ever feels guilty about any of his rambunctious actions! No mad man would be able to put up a false act and fool the police men investigating his home, whom where convinced of his sanity and kindness, as well. I now rest my case. If anyone dares still to say this fellow mad, he can perish alongside him for all eternity. True, true, having committed an unforgivable crime - revealing that it was without much purpose, even, and saying, “It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night.” For our evening’s sake, however, his mind is indeed in tact. Hah! One must be mad just to think him so. With his intelligence, his feelings, and others’ perceptions all proving to fit a man that could only be sane, then how can it possibly signal of ‘madness’? Bah! I now need my rest. Goodnight gentlemen, and may you too be enlightened someday… for he was obsessed.