The first resemblance between the two characters is that they are both opportunistic. In Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado,” Montresor takes advantage of the fact that Fortunato is inebriated at the carnival. He uses this opportunity to lure Fortunato to his palazzo to carry out his devious plan. Montresor also knows that Fortunato is addicted to wine. He cunningly baits Fortunato by telling him he has some Amontillado and he also gets him even more drunk in route to the catacombs. Near the end of the story, Montresor states “I had scarcely laid the first tier of masonry when I discovered that the intoxication of Fortunato had in a great measure worn off” (...
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...W. Grimm 411) Both Montresor and the chambermaid were truly quite sinister in that they enjoyed making other people suffer.
In Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” Montresor is an exaggerated and quintessential character that embodies the sneaky, vengeful part of human beings. Whilst the chambermaid in the Brothers Grimm “The Goose Girl”, is a classic evil character common in fairy tale stories. Both characters are comparable in that they are opportunistic, deceitful, and sadistic; they are both good examples of unsympathetic characters. Whilst they are presented differently, they clearly teach lessons in the stories can apply to everyone, everywhere, and in all situations.
Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. “The Goose-Girl.” Kinder- und Hausmärchen. 7th ed.D. L. Ashliman, trans. Berlin: n.p., 1857. Print.
Poe, Edgar Allan, “The Cask of Amontillado” p 236
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