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Compare The Cask Of Amontillado And The Poison Tree

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The famous writer, Louis L’Amour once said. “Anger is a killing thing.” L’Amour points can relate to the short story “The Cask of Amontillado” and the poem “The Poison Tree”. The Cask of Amontillado is a story of revenge where a man buries his enemy alive. The Poison Tree is a poem also about revenge where man kills his foe with a poison apple. Both works show that foe and friendship co-exist with revenge through metaphors.
In “The Cask Of Amontillado”, the main character seeks revenge to once an old friend. Montresor, being a headstrong man that doesn’t seem to want to change his ways and seeks revenge. Montresor declared that “When he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge.” (Poe, 5) Fortunato did not realize he had even offended Montresor because it was never talked about. To his surprise, Montresor lured him into the catacombs, by using his love of wine, to bury him alive because he was angry Fortunato embarrassed him. This conveys with the theme because Fortunato had no idea that Montresor hated him enough to kill him. He was shocked when Montresor started to bury him, and even thought it was a joke. This shows even your closest friends may seek revenge on you. The line of friendship and foe are very slim because you may never know what the other person is feeling. Montresor built a literal and metaphorical wall between him and Fortunato. When he “forced the last stone into position” (Poe, 10) the main character builds a wall between his friendship with Fortunato, but
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