Tell Tale Heart & The Cask of Amontillado Kill Justification

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  • Perspective & Motivation
  • Personally, I think I had the better reason.
  • Personally, I think I had the better reason.
  • Nonsense! My reason was more justified!
  • Claim
  • Fortunato set his own fate. Besides, my family motto is "nemo me impune lacessit" which translates to "no one harms me unpunished".
  • THE AMONTILLADO! Montresor, why?
  • Textual Evidence
  • Why the long face, Montresor? Too much amontillado? WAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You look tired. Take a nap. WAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Don't be afraid! Father Fortunado will be with you soon. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
  • I can't take anymore of this nonsense. I must take revenge!
  • In two stories, "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Tell Tale Heart" both by Edgar Allen Poe, the two narrators, Montresor and an unnamed figure both murder someone for two different reasons, and one motivation is more reasonable.
  • Analysis
  • I only did it to protect my family's honor. We were once a great family until that retched Fortunado and his chaps dishonored us. It's what my family would've wanted.
  • Montresor was more justified for his actions in the murder of Fortunado.
  • Counterclaim
  • HEY! You woke him up! I would've gotten rid of the eye forever!
  • "The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge... at length I would be avenged; this was a point definitely settled..." (Poe, 866)
  • Wrap-Up
  • My future ancestors will thank me for this action.
  • The evidence suggests that Fortunato had crossed a line between joking and insult. Montresor was only protecting his family motto. He had a logical reason to eliminate his familiy's dishonorer.
  • What a monster that Fortunato!
  • On the other hand, some may argue that the unnamed killer from "The Tell Tale Heart" had a better justification because of their insanity, but Montressor was protecting his family honor! That is reason enough for his actions.
  • Don't listen. He's crazy!
  • HUH? Who's there?
  • Montresor was more justified in his reasoning for killing the jester Fortunato than the insane killer in "The Tell Tale Heart".
  • I couldn't control myself. My insanity kicked in whenever i saw that wretched eye.
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