A Comparison of Poe's A Tell Tale Heart and The Cask of Amontillado

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Compare/Contrast Essay Edgar Allan Poe was a great writer. He wrote very dark stories and set the right tone for them. Many books that I have read cannot do this properly. This is what makes Poe a great writer in my opinion. There is also how he can describe one scene in one paragraph. I would compare him to Stephen King. There is a very dark and gloomy mood in most of his stories. Many of his stories have very silly and strange motives for a murder. I will compare the reasons for murder, the methods of murder, and the preparation for the murder. In the Tell Tale Heart there is a silly reason for murder. The man kills an old man because he has a form of cataract. He complains about his eye being milky and it being evil. The killer also …show more content…

The police come to investigate because a neighbor reported there being a disturbance. The killer is not worried though because it is the perfect crime. The killer invites the police in, sits down and chats with them. Eventually the killer grew old of chatting and started to hear a thumping. He thinks it is the heart. Even though the man is dead he can still hear the man’s heart. He does not actually hear the man’s heart, but he is having a schizophrenic episode. In the Cask of Amontillado the killer lures the man to his family’s crypt, intoxicates him and chains him to a wall. Then after he is chained to the wall the killer builds a wall that will wall him in. When the killer is placing the last brick he throws the torch in therefore suffocating the victim. This murder was not discovered for half a century. Lastly we have the preparation for the murders. The Tell Tale Heart did not have a very good plan when it came to the killing. The killer just got very lucky that there was no blood or evidence. In the Cask of Amontillado the killer had a very elaborate plan. Take the victim to the crypt, get him drunk and then chain him to the wall. Then he would suffocate him. All in all the two stories are great. They both have many similarities and differences. I would have to say that I enjoyed the Cask of Amontillado better because it made a bit more sense. The milky eye confused me a bit. I cannot say that the motive for one or another are very great, they seem

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