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

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I have read both short stories by Edgar Allen Poe, ‘the Cask of Amontillado, as well as ‘the Tell Tale Heart. Between these two stories lie many similarities and few differences. For instance, both of these stories the narrator describes a murder. In the Cask, the narrator Montressor, whose sanity is questionable, describes the way he murdered his rival Fortunato. The man Fortunato, who isn’t all that fortunate in death, has insulted Montressor many times and Montressor seeks revenge for so long, but hasn’t acted until now. Fortunato was a connoisseur of wine, and was a very wealthy man. Montressor is equally as wealthy as he, however, he has something to prove by killing Fortunato, but doesn’t want to be caught doing so. "I must not only…show more content…
However, Fortunato doesn’t take heed to any of these warnings or signals, and eventually Montressor buries him in the entrance of a niche. ‘The Tell Tale Heart" murder was similar; however the reasons for murder were different. The narrator, who doesn’t have a name, is a neurotic and suffers from a hypersensitive condition. In this short story, the narrator plots to kill an old man, with a vulture eye. The differences between these two murders: the victim in this case was an old man and was like a mentor to him. The narrator had a close relationship with him; they weren’t enemies or rivals as in "The Cask". The murder from the ‘The Cask, was a jealous murder. This murder was done to prove a point. "The Tell Tale" the victim (the old man), as the narrator describes, had a pale blue eye with a film over it "a dull blue, with a hideous veil over it that chilled the very marrow in my bones". As I was reading, I realized that he didn’t really have a good reason to kill the old man. It almost seemed as if he were looking for a reason to kill him. "Object there was none. Passion there was none. I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire. I think it was his eye! Yes, it was this!" This narrator doesn’t kill his mentor, over jealousy, or insults. The narrator kills the old man because of his eyes. He doesn’t like the old man’s "vulture" eye, and it really bothered him due

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