The Cask Of Amontillado And The Tell Tale Heart Analysis

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The Cask of Amontillado and The Tell Tale Heart are both legendary literary masterpieces. Two identical works on the surface, but upon a second read some may notice the subtle differences in the characters and their intentions. Edgar Allan Poe had a knack for writing atmospheric and often unsettling stories and these two work no different. They both emulate the feelings and thought processes of mad man that are willing to do anything that to settle there frustrations. There 's many minor obvious aesthetical differences between both the texts, like how both killers where men or how both killings where done during the night; But the main focus point many readers may not have noticed was the heart. In both stories the heart is mentioned which…show more content…
Though the narrator of The Tale Heart can be argued as clinically insane, but if we take what he saying as truth because we have no reason not to, we would see that the narrator had no hatred for his victims. He even said in the opening "Passion there was none. I loved the old man"(Poe 1843). So it 's obviously he loved the old man but it was the eye that drove him to murder. Unlike in The Cask of Amontillado" where it 's quite clear he 's had a seeded hatred of Fortunado. he exclaims "THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge"(Poe 1846). The reasoning 's are wildly different one was a story of revenge and the other is a story of a man drove to kill a man he once loved because his eye disturbs him. This may have been done for the mass amount of readers to have no reason to side with the killer because of how random it was. While the readers aren 't clearly supposed to side with the narrator of The Cask of Amontillado they can gather a small amount of sympathy because you can tell the narrator has suffered and have been offended for quite a while by his victim while the narrator of The Tale Heart has no identical form of sympathy. Cause of death is similar between both stories; While different in exicution both victims in each stories died of suffocation. Fortunado in The Cask of Amontillado was buried alive in a wall and the old man in The Tale Heart was suffocated…show more content…
While both succeeded in their killing endeavors, only one got away with it Scott-free. They both where confident in their deliveries to keep both their victims unaware of their demises; But in Tell Tale Heart the narrators paranoia gets the best of him and he reveals the severed body parts of his victim, "tear up the planks! here, here!"(Poe 1843). One was rewarded with freedom and the other was incarcerated immediately after confessing his crime. Which could have a deeper intentional meaning by Poe, that even though you may get away with the crime Scott-free your conscious may begin to take a toll on your body mentally and physically. Causing any average human being the feeling of arrest and confinement emotionally which is debatably just as
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