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Edgar Allan Poe's The Cask Of Amontillado And Joy C. Oates' Where Are You Going Where Have You Been

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People who are unaware of their situations and don’t question anything are easily lured in by their foes who use their weaknesses to cause their downfall. The main character in “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been”, is drawn in from her need to rebel against her family, only to find herself in an unfortunate situation she could not control. In Edgar Allen Poe’s, “The Cask of Amontillado”, the main character lures his foe in for revenge, choosing to murder him in secret instead using legal channels and giving no evidence to the outside world that his foe is dead. Arnold Friend and Montresor lure their victims to them in a similar way: by pretending to be friendly and succeeding in leading to their down fall by using their weaknesses (men for Connie and wine for Fortunato) against them.
Connie, from “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been”, wants to rebel against her family. She uses her attractiveness to flirt with boys at the local restaurant behind their backs as a form of rebellion. She feels as though her family does not appreciate her; her father does not pay any attention to her and her mother constantly compares her to her sister, criticizing her every move and asking why she cares so much about her appearance. On one of her outings she sees a boy who she vainly chooses to ignore. Later he shows up at her house posing as her friend, calling himself Arnold Friend, and talking to her as though he is another boy she flirts with down at the diner and pretending to be her age. She subtly flirts with him at first, only realizing the danger when it is too late.
Montresor, fifty years after it happened, is confessing to the murder of his foe, Fortunato. He justifies his actions by saying that Fortunato caused him a thousand injuries and therefore is seeking revenge. He lures him in by saying that they are going to taste the wine (Fortunato’s weakness) and Fortunato mistakes this as friendship, not sensing the anger behind Montresor’s words. Montresor strategically plans the murder of Fortunato and plays his friend from the beginning, arranging their meeting at a carnival. During their journey Montresor stops along the way for a sick Fortunato, therefore proving and showing Fortunato they have a very strong and real friendship. All Fortunato wants is to taste the rare wine, ignoring the impending cough, goes down the catacombs to his intoxicated death.
Right from their entrances as characters, the authors use everything about Arnold Friend and Montresor to show that they are out for evil. Connie is in pursuit of feeling like a sophisticated woman away from her parents, making her an easy target for Friend. His words at the diner, “Gonna get you, baby” (Oates 1), make her think for a second that maybe this is a bad situation. But because she is very naïve she instead daydreams about the boys around her, not questioning the situation. This shows Friend’s intentions from the beginning were not good and this is foreshadowing him bringing...

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