The Cask of Amontillado and The Telltale Heart

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  • Perspective and Motivation
  • I am the Narrator in ¨The Telltale Heart¨, and I killed someone because their eye scared me.
  • I am Montresor. I killed someone because they insulted my family.
  • Claim
  • Fortunato insulted my family. He will pay for his ignorant actions!
  • Textual Evidence
  • Ha, Ha! Your family's stupid!
  • I've dealt with Fortunato for as long as I could, but now that he has insulted us, I want revenge.
  • Both Narrators in Edgar Allan Poe's stories ("The Cask of Amontillado", and "The Telltale Heart"), committed murder. The same thing. But what makes them different is their motivation, and, who was more justified to do it.
  • Reasoning
  • No one harms me without punishment, and Fortunato is no exception. I will kill him.
  • Montresor, the narrator in "The Telltale Heart", was more justified in his actions.
  • Counterclaim
  • This guy's eye scares me, so I'm going to kill him. Even though he is completely innocent.
  • "The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge." (Poe, 1)
  • Wrap up
  • Even though we both killed people, Montresor was more justified to do it.
  • This shows how Fortunato had insulted Montresor's family, and Montresor wanted revenge. His motivation was to get back at Fortunato for his insults, by murdering him.
  • Some may say that the narrator in "The Telltale Heart" was more justified, because the man scared him so much that he murders him. However, this is not true. The man had never done anything to the narrator. "I loved the old man. He had never wronged me." (Poe, 1)
  • Montresor was more justified than the narrator in ¨The Telltale Heart¨, because, unlike the narrator in ¨The Telltale Heart¨, Montresor had been insulted by his victim, which provided motive.
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