Both of the short stories are about revenge, murder and madness. The narrators of both the Tell-Tale Heart and the Cask of Amontillado have very different motives for committing the murder each of them commits. In The Tell-Tale Heart, the narrator is insane and his motive behind killing the old man is that he cannot stand the sight of the old man’s “vulture eye”. He is tempted to close the eye forever, and so he does this by murdering him. Whereas, in The Cask of Amontillado, the reason behind the murder is revenge, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.” Additionally, Montressor’s jealousy is another reason because of which he murders Fortunato.
Edgar Allan Poe wrote an eerie and sinister piece of work called “The Cask of Amontillado.” The tale is told by a narrator named Montresor, who was insulted multiple times by a man named Fortunato. Montresor goes to great lengths in order to seize revenge against his enemy. In pursuance of luring Fortunato into Montresor’s catacombs, Montresor misleads Fortunato into believing an expensive wine called Amontillado is
“Desired” means willing and strongly want to, it illustrates how strong the thoughts of Stephen of hurting his brother. “Device” also reveals his desire of his brother to feel disturbed about his critical words. However, Stephen’s unwilling of forgiving others’ sin eventually leads him to sin towards others. Even though Stephen sins to John with hatred, he eventually feels guilty and confesses his sin. On the last day before his son is hanged, Stephen goes up to the top of the mountain and immerses in his memories: “He
In the short story “The Cask of Amontillado”,by Edgar Allan Poe a mans connoisseurship in wine, and his insults get him killed. Poe portrays Montressor as a person is completely insane.Poe uses the major conflict man vs. man to develop the themes betrayal and revenge. The author uses the conflict human vs. human to develop two themes. The first theme is revenge, Montessor defines revenge is punish with impunity. “I must not only punish,but punish with impunity”.114 He states that if the avenger is caught or does not make the punishment known to he who committed the wrong, the wrong goes unavenged.The second theme is betrayal, within Montressor sets a trap for Fortunado.
While Montresor pretends to be a good friend to Fortunato, it is strange that Fortunato does not realize the problems between them. In order to be believable for readers, the insults must be very painful for Montresor, so it urges him to commit such a crime. “The Cask of Amontillado” is missing an important element of Montresor’s motivation to punish Fortunato by burying him alive. Montresor neglects to explain how Fortunato insults him as the story lays the foundation at the opening paragraph, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge.” (Poe 866); however, no evidence to be found in the story to support Montresor’s claim. No one would not know what Fortunato did to Montresor and should the insults lead to
I heard many things in hell.” (1). Perhaps, if he could things from hell, he could have heard bad things about the old man. He proceeded to tell the reader, “He had the eye of a vulture --a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees --very gradually --I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever” (Poe 2) Since his reasoning is completely illogical, the reader can infer that he is mentally unstable. The narrator’s motive and style of execution for the murder is rather strange.
We see the constant screeches of “NEVERMORE” and the theme of a lost lover, yet you still can’t ignore the crazed male who is taking drugs to forget his dead beautiful wife. Poe has a real knack of getting you involved with the story, the impact that a insane narrator has on that sense of
For instance, Poe uses different types of irony in the short story The Tell-Tale Heart to build suspense and tension, making the reader wonder whether the character will kill the old man or get caught. “I loved this old man… I think it was his eye...I made up my mind to take the life of the old man and thus rid myself of the eye forever.” (paragraph 2) This is an example of verbal irony. The author also writes,“What’s that noise, make it stop.” (paragraph 16). This example portrays situational irony, for when the narrator's guilt gets to the narrator, it is leading up to suspense and the confession of the murder. Poe uses this to help express the true feelings and intentions of the narrator when he talks about killing the old man and has the old man's heart drive him to confession.
In the story, a narrator carefully conceals his murder but in the end he reveals his crime, as his conscience acting up. Edgar Allen Poe himself says, “I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity” and this could have had an impact on the way he wrote his stories. I believe that Poe uses the first person narrator in his stories to show insanity because it adds to his morbid life. His history seems to be the reason for his writing that have to do with insanity. Given this story of his life, it is possible to think that his use of the first person narrator and the way that he tells the stories could be a mirror to his
The Cask of Amontillado is written by Edgar Allan Poe, which is about Montresor’s long-lived revenge towards his friend Fortunato. Montresor could not handle his friend’s wounds and insults anymore so he planned to decoy Fortunato into the tomb where a supposed pipe of a type of wine, Amontillado, was there. Montresor needed Fortunato’s proficiency in wine, which was also his weak point. Fortunato, ever so pleased to flaunt his wine wisdom, agreed to consort Montresor into the catacombs to check the wine, hoping to expose Montresor as a fool. Montresor 's plan was to succeed that Fortunato will become extremely drunk and Montresor will have his successful revenge due to master of reverse psychology and irony.
Edgar Allen Poe had a tragic life. Throughout his life he suffered many loses which influenced him to write the “Cask Of Amontillado”. The story is about Montresor’s revenge on Fortunato. Montresor comes up with an elaborate plan to carry out his revenge on Fourtunato. Throughout this story Montresor holds a conversation with Fortunato being really nice and polite even though he is planning to murder Fortunato.