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The Tell Tale Heart And The Cask Of Amontillado By Edgar Allen Poe

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The Tell-Tale Heart and The Cask of Amontillado are two stories written by Edgar Allen Poe in the 18th century. Both of these stories are primarily focused on the mysterious and dark ways of the narrator. Since these stories were written by the same author, they tend to have several similarities such as the mood and narrative, but they also have a few differences. For instance, the characteristics of both narrators are different, but both stories portray the same idea of the narrator being obsessive over a certain thing.
The Tell-Tale Heart begins with the narrator explaining that he is not mad, rather just very disturbed by about the vulture eye of the old man living in the same house. He seemed to be a bit nervous more than anything. On the other hand, the narrator of The Cask of Amontillado seemed to be quite arrogant. He was very confident that his plan to have revenge on Fortunato was going to work. Although the traits of the narrators are not quite similar, they both had the same idea in mind. That idea was to commit murder on a man they had a problem with. To me, both narrators seemed a little insane because they were very obsessed and determined to commit a crime. The narrator in Tell-Tale Heart seems to be a psychopath just by his actions of repeatedly going into the old man’s room at night and watching him sleep. Montressor on the other hand, seems to be a psychopath in the way that he continues to play mind games with Fortunato and tricks him into doing things just so he can take him down to a place where no screams can be heard and murder him. I believe that the narrators’ constant thinking about killing another human being is the biggest similarity they have.
Another difference in the narrators’ is the reasoning behind committing the crime. The narrator of the Tell-Tale Heart really had no reason to commit something as serious as murder. He states, “I loved the old man. He had never wronged...

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