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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.
The “Cask of Amontillado”, depicts a murder by a vengeful man, of which the narrator never reveals his motive, giving the structure of this murder story an alternative point of view. A reader’s first interpretation of Montresor is most likely something of the cold-blooded sort or perhaps unreasonable, considering he was so adamant in seeking revenge upon Fortunado at the very beginning of the story,
The first murder of King Duncan only sealed Macbeth’s paranoia and served as a foundation for the murders of Banquo and Macduff’s family. After the first murder, Macbeth feels a colossal amount of guilt and shame. After the murder of Banquo, he feels that it is not enough since Fleance escaped, developing his guilt and shame of harming others into a fear for his own safety; a devastating degradation. However, during the assassination of Macduff’s family, Macbeth gives the command immediately without thought and without a trace of remorse after doing so. This thereby concludes his psychological downfall as he no longer feels guilty, ashamed, or fears
Not only that but he had the audacity to kill his best friend. At this point, his mind is so distant that he is willing to kill to gain power even if it is his best friend’s life being taken. This idea is expressed in the article “Macbeth; Shakespeare for students” the author mentions, “to become completely remorseless in his bid for the crown, even to the point at which he eliminates not only his competitors for the throne but their progeny as well?”(Hacht). The author clearly expresses the fact that he is completely remorseless which shows that Macbeth’s morals are truly gone. Macbeth can not become any more corrupted.
In Edgar Allan Poe’s “ A Cask Of Amontillado” the, quite possibly, insane protagonist, Montresor, grisly murders his antagonist, Fortunato. Montresor alluded, at the end of the vengeful tale, that he never faced any repercussions for the ghastly crime he committed. Many homicidal criminals aspire to escape all possible consequences of their brutal crimes. The rate at which these harsh murders are solved today, is far less than the rate at which they were solved several years ago. Murder clearance rates might be going down because culprits of manslaughter have changed their devious methods of the past.
All works included in this literary movement mix real events with fantastic elements. This is the reason why I really love this book. It has got mystery, murderers, failed marriages… If I had to encourage a friend to read this novel, I would tell him that the story is full of strange events and the town people know that Santiago was going to be murder, and nobody did anything. I would tell him that, at the end, the reader know how Santiago was murdered and who is his murderer. 2.
This gives the audience a further understanding of the true message of the raven. When the author starts to realize the unexpected situation and reaches the end of the poem, it creates a gloomy tone that shocks the reader. Furthermore, Poe uses the same technique in “The Tell-Tale Heart,” a short story that is one of Poe’s most famous work, which is about an anonymous man, who kills an old man because of his eye and afterwards becomes sane while explaining the murder, which he committed, to the police. Amidst of all the guilt going on in the man’s head, Poe uses repetition to tell what the man was feeling and hearing. “I talked still faster and louder.
Finally Victor, the one who sat there and did not speak up for Justine, felt the cold shoulder from society too when he was accused of murder. Following Victor’s whole trial he was only saved because his father spoke out and someone from the justice system saw how the evidence did not point to him. Showing how dysfunctional and irresponsible society and the justice system at the time was what Mary Shelley intended. Commenting on these issues was what the novel proved effective on showing just how dysfunctional the government and their neighbors really