Dolan's Cadillac, by Stephen King and The Cask of Amontillado, by Edgar Allen Poe

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"For the love of God", is a saying usually used when something goes wrong. However when writers Stephen King and Edga Allen Poe use it in their stories, the meaning going from that of exasperation, to something more along the lines of vengeance, success and finite. That is because when King and Poe use it, the protagonists in their stories have just finish burying their respective victims, leaving them to die of suffocation, dehydration or any number of horrible aliments. King's story is "Dolans Cadilac", a tragic tale of a man taking revenge on his wife's murderer. While Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado" is a sinister tale of a man exacting his revenge on his friend for insulting him, though the reader never learns what the friend did to deserve such a grizzly fate.Overall both are interesting in a twisted sort of way and have unique characteristics so they are great stories, one writer is clearly better than the other, Stephen King. Though nobody can deny than Edgar Allen Poe is a good writer. "The Cask of Amontillado" does boasts a sense of darkness "Its walls had been lined with human remains" and madness "I reechoed (his screams) and surpassed in volume". Yet it lacks the emotional color-wheel of "Dolan's Cadilac" which displays sorrow "'She was in pieces' I croaked 'I loved her and she was in pieces''" and that causes the reader to feel sorry for Robinson. On the other hand when crazy and sinister side of Robinson "'Whos there?' 'Me' I said 'But I'm not the help you need Dolan " so this forces the reader to feel either pity for Dolan or a sick sense of gratification because Robinson's plan is working. Thus from sorrow to sinister to a sense of calm when the story ends with Robinson saying"". The emotional rol... ... middle of paper ... ...han "The Cask of Amontillado". Thus making Stephen King a better author than Edgar Allen Poe. Both writers,through the use of imagery, attempt to transport their readers to a blazing desert ("Dolan's Cadilac") and dark, damp catacombs of europe. While both Poe and King do manage that to some extent, as already discussed King's use of imagery exceeded that of Poe's. Equally important is King's development of his character, it is King and not Poe who give a back story and motive making the act seem less horrific. However one cannot help but notice the stark similarities between the two stories. Both have a theme revolving around the idea of how cruel a seemingly normal human can be, and how the reader can find themselves anticipating for the "fly to reach the web". On the whole King and Poe, while similar in style, each has their own key elements that make them great.

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