Comparison Of Edgar Allan Poe's The Cask Of Amontillado And The Weapon

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“If you want to test a man’s character give him power” ( Abraham Lincoln). Power is something that makes even the weakest people strong, but is it always necessarily a good thing? That is not the case in Poe’s “ The Cask of Amontillado”and Brown’s “The Weapon”. First off, both Montresor and James Graham possess motive that are used to show what their true intentions really are. As well, in both stories it is made clear that the setting leads to these characters becoming murders. Lastly, it is evident that these characters have been predisposed to become murders through their personalities. Because of negative intentions fueling their power, Montresor in Edgar Allan Poe’s “ The Cask of Amontillado” and Frederic Brown’s “The Weapon” suggest that individuals who possess a large amount of power become murders. When individuals think their motives are justified. Things start to become deadly. Firstly, Montresor believes that his actions are rational due to what Fortunato has done to him in the past. For example, it is stated by Montresor “ the thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge” (Poe, 1). This shows us that Fortunato has insulted Montresor and that Montresor plans on getting revenge on …show more content…
James Graham in Frederic Brown’s “The Weapon” proposes that individuals who dominate a large amount of power become homicidal. To begin,in both stories, the characters show their true intentions through the motive they accompany. Second off, in both of these stories, it is evident that through the intimidating settings, the characters will become murders. Both Montresor, and Dr. Graham have alarming personalities, which show that they are inclined to becoming destructive. All in all, the audience can see that power corrupts anyone who possess too much of

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