Which One Was More Justified?

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  • I am Montresor from "The Cask of Amontillado." Fortunato insulted me and my family. He must pay for it, so I shall kill him.
  • Perspective and Motivation
  • I am the narrator from "The Tell Tale Heart." I quite like the old man, but his vulture eye creaps me out. He must die.
  • Claim
  • Ha ha, told you so, Narrator!
  • Textual Evidence
  • How long until we get there Montresor?
  • Not long now Fortunato.
  • In "The Tell Tale Heart" and "The Cask of Amontillado" both by Edgar Allen Poe. Montresor and The Narrator both kill someone, for their own reasons. They both are perverse. The Narrator kills The Old Man because his eye creeps The Narrator out, while Montresor kills Fortunato because Fortunato has insulted Montresor and his family multiple times. Both think that they are justified for their actions.
  • Analysis
  • Montresor was more justified in his actions than The Narrator.
  • Counter Claim
  • To be fair, even though I quite often deny it, I am a bit mad. I say that madmen couldn't have as much stealth as me, but maybe that makes me mad. If I am mad, I can't be blamed for my actions, for madman don't understand how bad their actions are.
  • In "The Tell Tale Heart," The Narrator states, "I think it was his eye! yes, it was this!" (Poe, 836) In "The Cask of Amontillado," Montresor states, "The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge" (Poe, 866).
  • Wrap Up
  • Hey, I was just following my family code of arms; Nemo me impune lacessit
  • This shows that Montresor had a better reason, if only by a little, to kill someone. Montresor killed someone who insulted him multiple times while The Narrator only killed someone because The Old Man's eye creeped out the Narrator.
  • The Narrator states, "You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have me" (Poe, 836)
  • Although this makes sense, it still doesn't give The Narrator a very justified reason to kill someone, at least not as justified as Montresor's reason. Montresor was just following his family duties and family motto, Nemo me impune lacessit, which means No one harms me unpunished, or No one insults me without punishment.
  • Montresor, though just barely, is more justified in his actions of killing someone than The Narrator is. Both have their own reasons, even if they are a bit crazy, but hey, that's not their fault, is it?
  • It's not my fault that I'm a madman, and even though I don't think I am, everyone else can apparently see it clearly.
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