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 world-renowned writer of the novel The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins, once said, “For there to be betrayal, there would have to have been trust first.” This quote will be detrimental to the analysis of the short story Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe. The author explores a theme of betrayal and murder by using the literary devices of dramatic irony, symbolism, foreshadowing. The emotional buildup of the character, that is also the murderer, creates suspense in the perception of the reader. A variety of emotions can build up inside of someone’s mental capacity to make them commit a crime as bad as murder without thinking about any of the consequences or conflicts that may arise following the victim’s death. Every single murderer caught or on the run, in any case always has a reason to the actions he has committed.
The story opens off with the narrator trying to assure his sanity then proceeding to tell the tale of his crime, this shows a man deranged and hunted with a guilty conscience of his murderous act. The narrator 's sole reason for such murder is purely in his disturbed mind, as he develops an obsession with the old man 's eye and the plot unfolds from here where his insanity augments with the events of the story. Due to Poe’s illustrative language, various evidence can be presented to confirm the state of mind of the narrator, including, his obsession with the old man’s eye, his precision in committing the impeccable crime and finally the sound of the man’s beating heart solely inside his head. Perhaps it all started with the narrator’s obsession with the man’s “vulture eye” since he believes the eye of being evil, proving the insanity he is gravely trying to deny “I think it was
In this short stories “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe and “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner, the authors represent the sense of horror in their stories. They are very similar in expressing their terrifying point of view. However, there are also differences. “The Tell-Tale Heart” is told in the first person perspective which creates compulsory picture of a mad murdered, whereas the third person perspective of “A Rose for Emily” shows Miss Emily through the eyes of others, which changes the narrative radically. In Addition, Miss Emily committed the crime because the fear of being alone.
The Tell-Tale heart is a story about a killing. It is creepy story that will leave you thinking. In the Tell-Tale heart, Edgar Allen Poe uses dark details, figurative language, and connotative diction to create a horrifying mood. Poe’s use of dark details create a horrifying mood. One example is, “I moved slowly-very, very slowly so that I might not disturb the old man’s sleep.”(Poe 175) This shows detail because when he describes how the narrator moves he uses details to get the point clear.
In “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” Flannery O’Connor creates a story where the roles of good and evil blend together. In the short story, a family in the rural South gets caught up with a criminal named the Misfit after their wreck and they end up getting murdered. The clash between the grandmother and the Misfit highlights the religious aspects of the story and also O’Connor’s beliefs. Her stylistic traits of violence, distortion, and religion are used to convey a corrupt world that needs salvation. O’Connor’s trait of violence is used throughout to reveal the corrupt and criminal world that emanates the need for salvation.
Murder can be defined as “the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another”. How then, are others able to make us sympathize with not only murderers, but people who have committed horrendous crimes? For example, the media is constantly attempting to humanize rapists and even terrorists with phrases like “lone wolf” or “alienated and adrift.” Such phrases make some of us want to pity the criminal. This can be seen when we compare Perry Smith and Dick Hickock from Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. Capote portrays only one of these two seemingly distinct characters (Perry) in a way that the reader feels the need to relate to and even sympathize with him.
“The Tell-Tale Heart” written by Edgar Allen Poe relates a man’s mental deterioration following his descent into madness. The short story focuses on the narrator as well as his bizarre obsessions. In addition, this story is told from the first-person point of view by the protagonists himself. Poe provides us with insight into that character’s motivation in committing the murder of the old man by giving his purpose to the reader. Also, the writer justifies the “open-ended’ story plot resolution, adding dramatic impact to the story tale.
It is true that throughout William Shakespeare's play, Hamlet is insane. Hamlet's insanity goes onward well with the drama story to bring thrill and insecurity. Even though Hamlet says to the audience that he is not insane, it is just part of his evil scheme for the king of Denmark:Claudius. Claudius murdered his brother, takes over the throne and marrying his brother's wife. Hamlet finds out the truth and aims to discover more information about his father's murder and he does this by being insane.
What is Goth? Goth can be many of things, teenagers dressing in all black, movies like Coraline and even architecture, but when it comes to literature what makes it Gothic? Gothic literature can be defined as, writing that employs dark and mysterious settings that include elements of death, insanity, revenge and the uncanny. In the short story, “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe, the narrator has committed a murder but claims that his insanity is not a disease that cripples his mind but is quite the opposite and is capable to narrate just how cleverly he murdered an old man. In the second short “The Cask of Amontillado” also by Edgar Allen Poe, the narrator Montresor feels he is in power to make justice and gives himself the idea to seek revenge and kill Fortunato a wine enthusiast after he insulted his honor.
Have you ever seen horror movies that introduce scary, and crazy serial Killers? When you think about it, murderers don’t just kill to kill, there is a reason to their acts. Most have a traumatic backstory that changed their life. The content the authors decided to use for the theme of the stories are how isolation affect people, the society against mental illnesses, and the mistreatment of women. Authors Charlotte Perkins and William Faulkner both adopt this macabre style to portray how insanity affects people with “The Yellow Wallpaper” & “A Rose For Emily”.