Compare and Contrast of the Cask of Amontillado and the Black Cat

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Compare and Contrast of “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Black Cat”
Today I’ll be comparing the Narration of “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allen Poe. Edgar Allen Poe is the author of many great pieces of literature, using his narrators to explain situations that are going on in their life. The narrators of "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Black Cat" both lead characters love for man’s inhumanity to man and animals through horrific murders. In "The Cask of Amontillado", Montresor is the narrator. He begins by describing very cryptically how he was wronged, "The thousands of injuries of Fortunato he has borne as he best could; but when he ventures upon insult, Montresor vows revenge" (Poe 528). As the story
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All this saneness is achieved through a series of household events. "In their consequences, these events terrifies, tortures, and destroys the Narrator" (Poe 522). The Narrator is married and has pets. "They have birds, gold-fish, a fine dog, rabbits, a small monkey, and a cat" (Poe 522). The cat's name is Pluto, however in contrast to Montresor's friend, Pluto, the cat, is the Narrator's friend. In "The Black Cat" the Narrator is an alcoholic unlike in "The Cask of Amontillado" the enemy is the alcoholic.
After several evenings of heavy intoxication, violence against his wife and the other pets, he finally turns on Pluto, his "friend". In a slight comparison of the two stories, Fortunato and the cat become the ‘enemy’ over time. "He seizes the cat; when in his fright at the narrator's violence, the cat inflicts a slight wound upon the narrator's hand with his teeth" (Poe 523). This is where the narrator allows the alcohol do the thinking for him. He reaches into his pocket and pulls out a "pen-knife, opens it, grasps the poor beast by the throat, and deliberately cut one of its eyes from the socket" (Poe 523). Next he goes to sleep and wakes up drinking again. After the cat heals, he decides to hang Pluto. Why? Because screw cats I guess! "He slips a noose about Pluto's neck and hangs it to the limb of a tree" (Poe 523). He did it because he, like Montresor, feels no pain in torturing his enemy. I’d like to say alcohol has
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