An Analysis Of Edgar Allan Poe 's ' Of The Red Death ' And ' The Cask Of Amontillado '

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When looking at the works of Edgar Allan Poe in a compare and contrast format against those of Nathaniel Hawthorne, the most important item to discuss is the differences and similarities of the characters. The characters of these authors are vital in the storytelling that their creators use; from the narration styles and point of views, to the importance of the characters throughout the plot. But most importantly, the views that readers can assume the authors have on matters of life, such as tragedy and death that are present throughout life; which also leads to ideas upon human nature in relation to goodness. All of these qualities are analyzable and provide the authors with their own recognizable style.
An observation that can be made by reading the works of Poe and Hawthorne, is that their characters are significantly different from one another. The characters that come from The Masque of the Red Death, The Imp of the Perverse, The Purloined Letter, and The Cask of Amontillado all possess what can be assumed as fatal flaws, extending from greed and revenge, to angst and superiority, all while not providing much, if any, character growth. Yet Young Goodman Brown, The Minister’s Black Veil, Rappacini’s Daughter, and the Artist of the Beautiful mostly lack an ending or consequences for the character’s actions. Poe’s characters are much more sinful in comparison to Hawthorne’s; as Poe establishes that most if not all are inherently evil, whereas Hawthorne questions the…

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