The Tell Tale Heart and The Cask of Amantillado

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  • Introduction
  • I think mine has more justification. That fool Fortunato insulted me!
  • Claim
  • See! Told you!
  • Textual Evidence and Reason
  • He insulted me. I vow revenge!
  • Why do ye have to wear that cape. You aren't Superman!
  • In the two stories "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Tell Tale Heart," written by Edgar Allen Poe each have an evil character. In "The Cask of Amontillado" Montresor has a friend who has insulted him several times. In "The Tell Tale Heart" the narrator is getting grossed out by a vulture eye. They both have justification.
  • Analysis
  • I killed him!
  • The one that is more justified would be "The Cask of Amontillado.''
  • Counterclaim
  • Oh! That vulture eye!
  • A reason to support this is that Montresor was being insulted several times, so he killed Fortunato. This revenge was justified. In "The Tell Tale Heart" the narrator didn't have anything bad done to him, so that's why that story has less justification. Montresor states "Fortunato had insulted me. So I vowed revenge. " (27).
  • Wrap Up
  • But Montresor! What about the Amontillado?
  • Montresor was upset about what Fortunato had been calling him several times. He thought enough was enough, so he ended up killing Fortunato. This meant that Montresor wouldn't have to be insulted by him ever again. This shows about why his revenge was more justified. His motives were a lot stronger that the other story. When another person does something rude, and you have revenge, there is a reason why. Since Fortunato was insulting Montresor, Montresor had a reason to get back at fortunato. In "The Tell Tale Heart" the narrator didnt have much of a reason to kill the old man. He just did it because he could. In "The Cask of Amontillado" Montresor killed Fortunato for a reason. If there is a reason, then the story must be more justified.
  • Some may argue against that. In "The Tell Tale Heart" the narrator states "I think it was his eye...whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold..." This shows that he had a reason, but not as good as the one Montresor had. Montresor had a better reason for killing Fortunato, revenge.
  • Who goes there?
  • In conclusion, "The Cask of Amontillado" had more justification for killing a person than "The Tell Tale Heart" did. This shows that "The Cask of Amontillado" had more justification for Montresor's actions.
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