Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe Essay

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I know you've thought about killing someone, but you're too worried about the consequences. In the short story "Cask of Amontillado" The protagonist, Montresor feels hatred toward this man Fortunato and is determined to get revenge with impunity. In "Lamb to the slaughter" a wife unsure of her feelings murders her husband. The stories are similar because the authors both create a effect of suspense while they use different types of irony and conflicts. Poe and Dahl both create the effect of suspense. The feeling of being uncertain of what may happen next. In "Lamb to the slaughter" Dahl illustrates suspense when Mary Maloney knocks her husband over the head (pg. 4) after she's introduced as a sweet, loving, woman. After she kills…show more content…
This type of irony is used when readers are aware of something a character in the story isnt, this helps build suspense. Readers know Montressor vows revenge on Fortunato. Meanwhile, in the story Fortunate isn't aware. "My dear fortunato, you are luckily met." (pg. 1) This is an example of dramatic irony because readers know Montressor seeks revenge on Fortunato, although throughout the story it remains a mystery why. Furthermore, the two suspenseful stories have completely different conflicts. Poe creates a person vs person conflict in “Cask of Amontillado” The protagonist of the story vows revenge on a character named Fortunato. “The thousand injuries of Fortunato, I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.” (pg. 7) this clarifies the person vs person conflict, which is also another text structure that helps create the suspenseful effect. In the short story “Lamb to the slaughter” Mary Maloney kills her husband and acts as if she doesn’t do it. This creates a person vs obstacle conflict. “And now,” “she told herself all she was doing was returning home to her husband and he was waiting for his supper.” (pg. 5) By Mary Maloney pretending she did not kill her husband she creates a person vs obstacle conflict. This also proves the idea of a person vs obstacle conflict in contrast with Poe’s suspenseful short story. In conclusion, these two short stories “The cask of
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