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  • Introduction
  • Claim
  • Reason
  • In the story "The Cask of Amontillado", the main character, Montresor, killed his best friend by sealing him into a wall. This event was triggered by Furtunato, the afore mentioned friend, insulting Montresor. Then when Furtunato got drunk one night, Montresor did the deed. On the other hand, in the story The Tell Tale, the main character kills an old man in his sleep, because his eye looks just a little bit off, he then hides the heart in his floor, but is caught by the police soon after.
  • Analysis
  • Even though both the events in "The Tell Tale Heart" and the events in "The Cask of Amontillado" are completely unjustifiable. The events in "The Cask of Amontillado" are slightly more justifiable. And heres why. Someone insulting you is quite abit more of an offense than simply having a lazy eye. Not only this but it is in fact part of Montresors family code to show those who insult them malice.
  • Counterclaim
  • Evidence of this is "And your motto?" " No one insults me without punishment" I replied
  • Conclusion
  • This shows that all Montresor was doing was defending his honor. And a mans honor, or anyones honor for that matter, especially that of your family, is extremely important. Thus meaning what he was doing was more justified than killing a man in cold blood. But even more is the fact that this also means that Montresor technically gave Furtunato a minor warning before committing the sinful deed.
  • But one might say that what the narrator of "The Tell Tale Heart" did was more justifiable than what Montresor did, but this is untrue. A claim that supports that Montresor did worse is that the narrator of "The Tell Tale Heart" eventually turned himself in ("I admit the deed! Tear up the planks!") but this does not hold up. What he did wasn't out of remorse of his actions or out of guilt, but purely out of his unwillingness to put up with a ticking noise, found deep beneath the floor. ("It grew louder-louder-louder!")
  • Now without a shadow of a doubt, it is obvious that what Montresor did was far more justifiable than what the narrator of the tell tale heart did.
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