The Cask Of Amontillado, By Edgar Allan Poe Essay

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The Antagonists in “The Cask of Amontillado” and “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” In “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe and in “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” by Flannery O’Connor, the two central figures that drive the plot, and add the most cohesion to their respective stories are Montresor and The Misfit. Poe and O’Connor knew the importance of catching and maintaining the reader’s attention, so they did so through crafting the perfect flawed villains. Without these similar yet inherently different antagonists, the stories would fail to leave a lasting impression on the reader. The lasting impression stems from the startling events that slowly unravel as the plot progresses. Poe and O’Connor’s antagonists are able to achieve such a strong effect on the reader, due to the literary style used, the motive, and ruthlessness of the murders. The first key element that both unites and separates Montresor and The Misfit is the technique used by Poe and O’Connor. There is no doubt that the Gothic style is used throughout the respective stories, but it is used in a slightly different way by O’Connor, who often added an overt Catholic and Southern sentiment in her writings. The Southern Gothic style differs from Poe’s, but it maintains a lot of his influences and main features of a true Gothic work. This genre typically involves an extensive use of foreshadowing, which in turn elicits an atmosphere of horror and creates a foundation that is deeply rooted in mystery. Therefore
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