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  • Perspective and Motivation
  • I, Montresor, killed a man for insulting my family and I.
  • I, the Narrator, killed a man because I despised the look of his eye.
  • Claim
  • Textual Evidence
  • I will always bring revenge upon those who insult me.
  • His eye was just hideous to look at.
  • In the story's, "The Cask Of Amontillado" and "The Tell Tale Heart" by Edgar Allen Poe, both characters, Montresor and the Narrator, commited horrible killings to undeserving men. They both think that their actions are acceptable, though neither actions truly are.
  • Analysis
  • My family is not great anymore because of Fortunato!
  • Montresor is more justified than the Narrator with his devious and cruel actions.
  • Counterclaim
  • I did it for all the people!
  • In the story "The Cask Of Amontillado," the narrator states, "'No one insults me without permission... True. We Montresors were a great family"' (Poe, 31). Also, the narrator states, "Fortunato had insulted me. So I vowed revenge" (Poe, 27). In the story, "The Tell Tale Heart", the Narrator states, "He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire. I think it was his eye! Yes, it was this! One of his eyes resembled that of a vulture- a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees-very gradually-I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever" (Poe, 836).
  • Wrap Up
  • This explains that Fortunato possibly insulted Montresor's family, maybe leading to the family not being as great as it once was, which is much more reasonable than the fact that the Narrator brutally killed a man distinctly because of his unappealing eye. Also, Montresor said that his motto was that people who insulted him wouldn't go without punishment, and the Narrator from The Tell Tale Heart had no reasonable explanation for his actions simply because he refused to accept the man as he was.
  • Others may argue that the Narrator is more justified in his equally wrong actions as Montresor because the man with the weird eye most likely had a large number of different people with the same thoughts as the Narrator, that the eye was gross and unwanted, causing the Narrator to have been peer pressured into making an incorrect decision to be considered a hero to all the people. However, Montresor is a considerable amount more justified due to the insults that came from Fortunato, possibly changing the Montresor's family's life forever.
  • In conclusion, both men had thoughts in their heads that drove them to wrongly act, although the Montresors acts were much more justified because Fortunato had no right to insult Montresor, and possibly change his family from greatness. With this, the Montresor knew that revenge towards Fortunato was coming since the very beginning, and the Narrator was completely out of line with his unnecessary actions.
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