Compare and Contrast of “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Black Cat” Today I’ll be comparing the Narration of “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allen Poe. Edgar Allen Poe is the author of many great pieces of literature, using his narrators to explain situations that are going on in their life. The narrators of "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Black Cat" both lead characters love for man’s inhumanity to man and animals through horrific murders. In "The Cask of Amontillado", Montresor is the narrator. He begins by describing very cryptically how he was wronged, "The thousands of injuries of Fortunato he has borne as he best could; but when he ventures upon insult, Montresor vows revenge" (Poe 528). As the story unfolds, Montresor's idea of “perfect revenge" is characteristically precise and logical in detail as to how he commits his crime. He knew every step as it would unfold, down to how his mark would react to ‘ego stroking and insult’. This leads me to think he knew his mark very in depth (Possible friends at one time?) While at the carnival, Montresor told his mark that he’d bought some of the finest Amontillado wine, to use in his vengeful plan to murder Fortunato. Fortunato is wearing "a tight fitting parti-striped dress and head is surmounted by the conical cap and bells" (Poe 528). I feel by him wearing this outfit, it makes a great setup for the narrator because he is going to make a fool out of Fortunato. From what we’ve gathered so far we can see that Montresor is a very manipulative person. He challenges Fortunato's connoisseurship and leads him to his family estate. When they arrive at the Montresor estate, Montresor leads Fortunato down the stairs into the catacombs. Down here is where the Amontillado Fortunato is going to taste, and where the revenge of Montresor is going to take place. As he get closer and closer, the narrator opens up more and more to how he is going to kill his "friend". Now froom where we are, you can...
Cited: Poe, Edgar A. “The Black Cat” Bedford guide for college writers, 137-140, print.
Poe, Edgar A. “The Cask of Amontillado” Bedford guide for college writers, 158-161, print.
Ps: I am fully aware that the use of “…, I, I think, Etc…” and pretty much, everything I put in (Example) isn’t acceptable. I just wanted to add a little comedy to the paper. In other words don’t pay too much attention to that.
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