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In the short stories "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Tell Tale Heart" by Edgar Allen Poe there were brutal killings to non deserving recipients. The victim in "The Cask of Amontillado" was killed because he dishonored the narrator's family name. In "The Tell Tale Heart", the victim was killed because he had an abnormal eye.
I am Montresor from "The Cask of Amontillado" and I killed Fortunado because he dishonored my family name. He disrespected me, and my family motto is "No one insults me without punishment". He must be punished for his actions.
I am the narrator for "The Tell Tale Heart". I killed the Old Man because of his retched eye. It made my blood turn cold every time I saw it. I cleverly killed him during the middle of the night because of that petrifying eye. That eye must be removed from my life, and the only way that was possible was to kill the Old Man.
Montresor was more justified in actions than the Narrator.
In the story "The Cask of Amontillado" The narrator states, "Fortunato had insulted me. So I vowed revenge. Not in so many words, of course. Never aloud"(Poe, 27). Then again later in the story the narrator stated ""True. We Montresors were a great family."..."And your motto?" "No one insults me without punishment""(Poe, 31). In the short story "The Tell Tale Heart" the narrator states "I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye for ever."
This shows how Montresor was more justified in his actions because Fortunato disrespected his family name. His family motto was that nobody could disrespect his family name without consequences. The narrator for "The Tell Tale Heart" had no good reason, only that the eye disturbed him. This is not enough reason to take a man's life.
Although some may argue that the narrator for "The Tell Tale Heart" was mad, and he had more justifications for his actions. Although this might be true, Montresor is still more justified. He is more justified because family roots run deep.
Fortunato disrespected in Montresor's family name, which struck a nerve. No wonder he wanted revenge on Fortunado.
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