Edgar Allan Poe 's The Cask Of Amontillado, And Flannery O ' Conner 's A Good Man Is

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The Evil That Men Do
Both Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” and Flannery O’Conner’s “A Good Man is Hard to find” are horror stories exploring the darker side of human nature. In both stories two men commit murder for personal reasons. While each story uses similar characters, with similar traits that set the overall theme, they differ in the ways that each character is affected by them. Montresor comes from a former powerful noble house and plans on killing Fortunato. A family goes on vacation and encounters a wanted murderer called The Misfit. Both stories center on evil themes, using character’s to embody evil. However, evil is not the only similarity, pride is also shared trait between both stories, pride can get you killed and can drive you to kill. Irony also plays a role in both stories, each adding twist that are almost comical. Evil appears in both stories in the form of a character; Montresor in Poe’s story and The Misfit in O’Conner’s. Montresor is a remarkably evil man who plans on killing Fortunato after believing him to have insulted the Montresor name. Dressed all in black Montresor manipulates Fortunato and then kills him in a cruel, gruesome manner. After murdering Fortunato, he is pleased with his crime, showing complete apathy to having just taking one’s life. “I placed my hand upon the solid fabric of the catacombs, and felt satisfied”(Poe). Which leads the reader to conclude one of two things: Fortunato’s insult was disrespectful and he…

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