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  • I was deeply insulted by a man named Fortunato. So, to go with my family's motto of "No one insults me without punishment," I killed him.
  • Perspective and Motivation
  • I was very irritated by an elderly man's eye, so I killed him viciously because I didn't want to see it anymore.
  • Claim
  • Textual Evidence
  • In both of the short stories, "The Tell Tale Heart" and "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allen Poe, a murder takes place. Montresor, the main character in "The Cask of Amontillado" is insulted by a man named Fortunato. He then decides to kill him. However, in "The Tell Tale Heart", the narrator decides to kill a man because his eye bothers him and it is quite obvious that the narrator is insane.
  • Analysis
  • Montresors describes how he has been insulted and that he wanted to "get revenge." Also, the term "were" is used when Montresor talks about his family, meaning that they're no longer a great family. In addition, Montresors family motto is apparently, " No one insults me without punishment" which how he was basically raised with the mentality that if anyone were to insult him or his family, there would be chastisement. You can tell that he takes his family seriously because he doesn't mind the fact that he is referred to by his last name. He says that the Montresors used to be a great family, meaning his last name, or family name, is Montresor. But, he is referred to as Montresor by Fortunato many times, so he doesn't mind it obviously.
  • Montreser is more justified in his motives to kill than the narrator in 'The Tell Tale Heart".
  • Counterclaim
  • Montresors actions were more justified, however, some could believe that the narrator from, "The Tell Tale Heart" could be more justified. This is because there are obvious signs that the narrator is insane. While describing how he watched the victim before killing him the narrator states, "But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded- with what caution-with what foresight-with what dissimulation I went to work!"(Poe,3)This piece of evidence shows how the narrator was a sociopath. Sociopaths don't express remorse or sorrow for their wrongdoings, in this case murder. Montresor knew what he was doing and why he was doing it;he had a motive The narrator didn't necessarily have a motive except that the victim had a weird eye that annoyed him. Montresor murdered because he was insulted, the narrator was perverse in his actions. He didn't really have a reason to murder the innocent man, making Montresors actions more justified.
  • Montresor states, "Fortunato had insulted me. So I vowed revenge"(Poe,27) "'We Montresors were a great family.'... 'And you motto?' 'No one insults me without punishment'" (Poe,31)
  • Conclusion (Wrap Up)
  • In conclusion, based on the evidence shown, Montresor from "The Cask of Amontillado" had more justified actions in killing than the narrator from "The Tell Tale Heart".
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