The Cask of Amantillado


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  • Introduction
  • Yes, come my friend. Its time to "taste some wine."
  • Time to get rid of that maddening eye once and for all!
  • Claim
  • Still question if I "even lift," "buddy?"
  • Textual Evidence
  • You look like a chicken-legged pansy, and so does your mother.
  • How distasteful!
  • In both "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Tell Tale Heart," the narrators are very similar. Both are planning to secretly enact revenge on their "friend." Montresor, the narrator of "The Cask of Amontillado," wants to get revenge on his friend, Fortunato, for insulting him. The narrator of "The Tell Tale Heart," who remains unnamed, wants to get revenge on "the old man" because one of eyes drived him mad.
  • Analysis
  • Mmmh, I wonder what that wine will taste like?
  • Montresor's Revenge is more justified.
  • Couterclaim
  • "Fortunato had insulted me. "And your motto? No one insults me without punishment."
  • Conclusion
  • This shows that while it was extremely petty, Montresor had a reason for getting revenge on Fortunato. We learn that the Montresor's family motto is "No one isults me without punishment." We also learn at the beginning of the story that Fortunato had insulted Montresor prior to the events of the story. Montresor killed Fortunato because it was what his family stood for and he was just following his family motto.
  • My father wouldn't have stood for this, and neither will I!
  • One claim that others could use is that while Montresor was completely sane, the narrator from "The Telltale Heart" was driven insane by the Old Man's mysterious eye. This would be plausible, except that the narrator constantly denies his loss of sanity. "Now this is the point. You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me." This tells us that he was in control and meant to kill the Old Man who, once again, had not wronged him.
  • Considering the old man had done nothing wrong whereas Montresor had an actual reason for revenge, albeit a petty one, Montresor's revenge was more justifiable than the unnamed narrator's.
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