The Cask Of Amontillado Comparative Essay

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In the story “Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe is about a man named Montresor who is trying to kill another man named Fortunato. In the story Montresor lures Fortunato into his catacombs by the rumor of a cask of Amontillado (wine). In the catacombs Montresor kills fortunato. He kills him by chaining him to a wall in the farthest reaches of the catacombs, he also builds a wall between himself and Fortunato. This causes a slow and painful death for Fortunato. The fact that Montresor states that he is going to “punish with impunity” gives a eire almost spooky feeling, such as killing Fortunato is going to happen. But this feeling later turns to shock in the way that Montresor punished with impunity. In this story Edgar Allan Poe demonstrates that people can be driven by a passionate feeling of revenge and hate to do absurd and incomprehensible acts against their fellow man.

In both the story and the film the reader picks up on the spooky and eerie feeling almost immediately. In the story this happens by
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The theme is developed in the story by the monologue delivered by Montresor and the dramatic irony. For example in the monologue he says that he will punish Fortunato with impunity. Later in the story Montresor leads Fortunato into the catacombs signaling the beginning of the end for Fortunato and further demonstrating the theme that Poe wants to demonstrate. In the Film the theme is demonstrated by again the monologue where Montresor’s voice is heard and he is scene but not talking. But in the film the film instead of entering the catacombs the theme is demonstrated by the laying of the last brick in the wall by Montresor. In this scene you can hear both Fortunato and Montresor screaming and once that brick is laid a eerie silence descends, symbolizing Montresor’s loss of empathy and Fortunato’s
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