Edgar Allen Poe

Edgar Allen Poe

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  • Introduction
  • In the short story, "The Cask of Amontillado,"by Edgar Allen Poe, the main character by the name of Montressor, is out to seek revenge against his neighbor, Fortunato, after being insulted by him continously. He then lures an intoxicated Fortunato into the catacombs with the thought of wine and then chains him to the wall, leaving Fortunato in the underground crypt to die. While in Poe's story,"The Tell Tale Heart,"the narrator is out to murder Fortunato because one of his eyes is deemed vulture-like and evil by the narrator. The narrator is deeply troubled by his neighbor's eye and is determined to get rid of its' presence in the world so he starts to spy on Fortunato in his sleep. One night he cracks and ends up suffocating Fortunato underneath the weight of his own bed.
  • The Cask of Amontillado
  • That Fortunato has insulted me for the last time, he'll never see it coming!
  • Claim
  • The Tell Tale Heart
  • That eye has bothered me for some time! One day it will no longer haunt me!
  • Reason and Textual Evidence
  • Follow me, I believe I left the amontillado somewhere down here.
  • The Cask of Amontillado
  • Analysis
  • Who goes there???
  • The Tell Tale Heart
  • Montresor's revenge in "The Cask of Amontillado" is more justified than the narrator's in "The Tell Tale Heart."
  • Counterclaim
  • But...but the amontillado!!!
  • The Cask of Amontillado
  • Montresor's revenge is more justified because Fortunato relentlessy insulted him over and over, causing Montresor's frustration to build up to the point of commiting murder. A piece from Poe's story supports this idea,"Fortunato had insulted me. So I vowed revenge." (27)
  • Wrap Up
  • The Tell Tale Heart
  • This quote shows that Montressor's revenge was more justified than the narrator's because Montresor had been the victim of Fortunato's mocks and insults. Montressor then wanted Fortunato to take the place as the victim and suffer for what harm he had caused him. While the narrator wanted to murder Fortunato just because one of his visual features were unappealing to Montressor, not because he had been wronged in any way.
  • Some believe that the narrator's revenge in "The Tell Tale Heart" is more justified because Fortunato's "evil eye" was disturbing to Montressor. But Poe in his own story writes, "He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult." This quote proves that Fortunato in "The Tell Tale Heart" had never done anything wrong to Montressor. Therefore the narrator didn't have a justified reason to murder his neighbor, other than Fortunato's visual features, which he had no control over. The narrator even admits that Fortunato had never done anything wrong to him by saying that "He had never wronged me," meaning that Fortunato had never did anything to deserve being murdered by the narrator.
  • In conclusion, Montressor's revenge in "The Cask of Amontillado," was more validated than the narrator's in "The Tell Tale Heart" because Fortunato had harmed Montressor, leading Montressor to harm him back, compared to the narrator murdering Forunato just because one of his visual features were considered unappealing.
  • Finally, that evil eye won't be haunting me anytime soon!!!
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