Compare And Contrast Montresor And Emily Grierson

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What defines a murderer? Is it their motive, their state of mind, or how they executed their victims? There are numerous characteristics one could delve into, but those are the three that define the characters: Emily Grierson from “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner and Montresor from “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe. Montresor and Miss Emily Grierson, while both murderers, are two wholly different people, who went about killing their victims in extremely different ways.
The reasoning behind Montresor and Miss Emily’s murders are entirely different. Emily never had anyone in her life who truly loved her, and Emily’s over-bearing father never approved of any suitors who came for her. Though this may have been because he knew of the insanity dwelling inside her mind and feared that people would find out if Emily were to become close with a suitor. So when Emily’s father passed away, she began to search for another man to take his place. Soon, she met a man by the name of Homer Barron, a Yankee, who came to her town to build roads. Though, never specified, Homer is a man looking for
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Emily can be seen as functionally insane. Her insanity cannot be seen but, is still there, slowly building beneath the surface. No one in Miss Grierson’s town, not even Homer Baron, knew of the insanity she bore. Unfortunately for Homer Baron, he found out too late just how deeply Miss Emily’s insanity drove her. Even though Emily was insane, she was functional and thoughtful enough to hide Homer Baron’s murder for 40 years. Montresor held his secret for even longer: 50 years. In those 50 years he never regretted what he had done; he relished it. Montresor was not insane. Not one bit. He was very sane, to the point of being cold and calculated. Nothing Montresor ever done was without reasoning. His planning of the murder of Fortunato was cunning and malicious, and how he murdered was pure

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