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A comparison of the cask of amontillado and the tell tale heart

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  1. Similarly, both stories involve elements of death where the narrators harm another human being.
  2. He felt that the insult caused by Fortunato was great enough that death was his only way of avenging himself. The narrator sees the eye as completely separate from the man, and as a result, he is capable of murdering him while maintaining that he loves him.
  3. The narrator takes the old man, suffocate him, the narrator checked to her if his heart is beating and he was dead. He is some what arrogant that he would be able to follow through with his plans of revenge on Fortunato.
  4. With that being said the narrator had no rational reason to commit such a crime.

The story focuses on the narrator and his obsessions. The story is told from the first person point of view.

The narrator reveals his insanity through his obsessions. The story is about the narrator who for eight consecutive nights goes to the bedroom of an old man. On the eighth night the man hears something in his room and sits up on his bed with his evil eye open and racing heartbeat consumes the narrator and he races to the bed and suffocates the old man.

After the murder the narrator dismembers the body and buries the old man in the floorboards. The narrator sees the eye as completely separate from the man, and as a result, he is capable of murdering him while maintaining that he loves him.

Compare "The Tell-Tale Heart" to "The Cask of Amontillado"?

As the story progresses, the narrator expresses that he is not mad but he is really trying to convince himself he is not insane. The narrator had no real motive for killing the old man.

Passion there was none. I loved the old man.

He had never wronged me. I think it was his eye! Yes, it was this! The police arrive on the scene to give him the opportunity to betray himself.

Montresor claims that Fortunato has insulted him a thousand times. It may suggest that Fortunato is a jokester that Montresor took far too serious to want to murder him. There are also elements of foreshadowing taking place. For example, Montresor leading Fortunato down to the depths of the catacombs is like leading him down to hell and death to come.

Edgar Allen Poe “The Tell Tale Heart” and ” Cask of Amontillado” Comparison

Montresor shows him a trowel, which means he is a stonemason in the literal sense. Fortunato is like the old man where they are innocent of any major wrongdoing, unable to defend themselves, entombed in the home, and murdered by an insane man. Works Cited Poe, Edgar Allen.