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The Cask of Amontillado Vs The Tell-tale Heart

Compares and contrasts two of Edgar Allen Poe's greatest short stories.

Charles Goodman

on 7 November 2012

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Transcript of The Cask of Amontillado Vs The Tell-tale Heart

The Tell-Tale
Heart The Cask of
Amontillado Differences Differences Similarities The narrators in both stories had intricate plans.
In the Cask of Amontillado, the narrator convinces Fortunato to come into his basement where he makes a brick wall to never let him escape.
In the Tell-Tale Heart, he checked the old man every night, and also had a fool-proof plan to dispose of the body. The victim had a long, painful, and slow death.
Fortunato knew exactly who imprisoned him.
Fortunato was trapped in a sealed room chained to the wall. The old man had a quick and painless death.
He was suffocated under a bed.
He didn't have time to suffer. The narrator had nothing against the old man.
He loved the old man, so he couldn't kill him for a week.
The reason why he killed the old man was because of the old man's nasty eye. The narrator hates Fortunato.
He feels that Fortunato has wronged him.
He wanted Fortunato to suffer and die a horrible death. The narrator was bragging throughout the story.
"You should have seen how wisely I proceeded - with what caution - with what foresight - with what dissimulation I went to work!"
"Oh, you would have laughed to see how cunningly I thrust it in!"
"A watch's minute hand moves more quickly than did mine." The narrator was focused on telling the story and plot.
He wasn't trying to prove a point (like in the Tell-Tale Heart).
He focused on the plot of the story. He is only not focused on the plot in a few paragraphs. The narrator was crazy.
He killed a man because he didn't like the look of the old man's eye.
He writes a story to prove he isn't crazy, but just makes himself sound more crazy. The narrator was angry.
He vowed revenge.
He let Fortunato die very painfully, and slowly. The narrator both don't let the victim even suspect their death.
In the Tell-Tale Heart, the old man only knows slightly before his death.
In the Cask of Amontillado, Fortunato does know until he's chained to a wall. The narrator uses reverse psychology to lure the victim to his death.
He says he'll use a different connoisseur to check his amontillado.
He urges Fortunato to leave. The narrator came to where the old man slept to kill him.
He looked at the old man every night.
He didn't kill him until he saw the old man's eye, and suffocated him with the bed. Quotes from Edgar Allen Poe's short stories, The Cask of Amontillado and The Tell-Tale Heart. In both stories, they inspect their targets.
In the Tell-Tale Heart, he would look at the old man, while he slept and talk to him during the day.
In the Cask of Amontillado, he figures out Fortunato's weak points and catches him drunk one day.
The narrators in both stories ensured their safety by sealing their victim's remains where they won't be found.
In the Tell-Tale Heart, he put the remains under the floor boards.
In the Cask of Amontillado, he made a brick wall deep in his cellar to hide the evidence. The narrators used great caution with the murders.
In the Tell-Tale Heart, he makes the death fast and disposal impossible to find.
In the Cask of Amontillado, he goes into the far ends of his cellar, chains Fortunato to a wall, and makes a brick wall.
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