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Compare And Contrast The Tell Tale Heart And The Cask Of Amontillado

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The power to change is man’s greatest struggles, since a strong influence that lead them to where they are now. It is also the price and journey that both Montresor in Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Tell Tale Heart” and the narrator of the “The Cask of Amontillado”, another of poe’s story. In both story the narrators, both indicate that they want to get rid of an addiction they had that is driving them to madness, and in order to do so they, must do it at any cost. Both narrator clearly plan on their instincts and carefully plans out methods in which leads them to their satisfaction. These stories contain many similarities and differences in the use of tone, irony and symbolism, of the protagonist. Through these characters and their actions, …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how montresor in edgar allan poe's "the tell tale heart" and the narrator of the "cask of amontillado" both indicate that they want to get rid of an addiction that is driving them to madness.
  • Analyzes how poe provides the context that suggest clearly that the narrator is in fact insane.
  • Analyzes how "the cask of amontillado" is told through first-person narrative, through the perspective of montresor.
  • Analyzes how the narrator in "the tell tale heart" is an insane and agitated man who tries to persuade the reader that he is not just sane, but rather logical.
  • Analyzes how irony is slightly different in "the cask of amontillado" due to how it is more conspicuous.
  • Analyzes how rich symbolism is used to describe the narrator's desire to kill or have liberty from in "the tell-tale heart".
  • Analyzes how the coat of arms of montresor's family catacomb is of a huge human foot d'or, whose fangs are imbedded in the heel, and fortunato who dares come into contact with the foot.
  • Concludes that the two narrator's are successful in the desire to get rid of their addiction. the theme of "the cask of amontillado" is that of revenge and the deceiving way one man will accomplish his goal.

The story is told through first person allow us see the a deeper insight into the working of the narrator’s mind, allow us to see the madness that pervades the narrator. Poe provides the context that suggest clearly that the narrator is in fact insane. In the beginning the narrator insist that, “TRUE! — NERVOUS — VERY, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?”. (1) The beginning itself, indicates he is crazy due to the need of verifying his own sanity, and tries to convince us of his mental stability. Poe also shows this with the repetitiveness of the narrator’s speech pattern such as, “lantern cautiously-oh so cautiously--cautiously”. (1) All of his insanity is a derivation of the obsession that he wants to rid himself from; the evil eye that “vexed him” making him nervous and …show more content…

The irony in, “The Tell Tale Heart” is more obscure. The narrator is an insane and a man who has agitation, yet tries to persuade the reader that he is not just sane, but rather logical. He proves this by calmly explaining why the violent act happens, but only resulting in contrary to what is being influence to the readers. One of the act that takes place, was “every night, about midnight, [the narrator] turns the latch of [the old man’s] door and opened it ....It took [him] an hour to place my whole head within the opening so far that [he] could see [the old man] as he lay upon his bed”. (1) It is abnormal enough for someone to speak repetitively, the narrator broke this boundary, in putting his somewhat mad plan into action. Another ironic moment was the need to confess his murder at the end of the story, due to guilt that is feeding on him alive. Though he is free of the judgmental eye, he is to be imprison for his

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