Compare And Contrast Tell Tale Heart And Cask Of Amontillado

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Life of Poe
Edgar Allen Poe is a very well-known author. Poe is known mainly for his short stories. The two main short stories we will dive in to and understand more about are
“Tell-Tale Heart” and “Cask of Amontillado.” In these two short stories, the main character is a mad man.This relates a lot to what we have always heard about Poe.It is interesting in reading these stories, and learning of Poe’s life. We will look in to how these stories and Poe’s life are similar.
Poe was born in Boston on January 19, 1809. He was the second of three children. His parents died when he was very young. He was adopted by a wealthy tobacco merchant, John Allan, and his wife Frances. They lived in Richmond, Virginia.
Allan wanted Poe to become a business
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We will now look at the stories to see if there is any relation in the story and Poe’s actual life.In “Tell-Tale Heart” Poe uses the house

Hebert 3 as a setting to make the scene that much scarier. The house the narrator and the old man live in could possibly be an urban area, or even a high crime area. There is a neighbor who hears two screams, and calls the police. Also, the room is very dark.
There are many people who fear the dark. The narrator had gone to the old man’s room every night and watched in on him. On the eighth night, the narrator opened the door and used the lantern to peek in on the old man. “I fairly chuckled at the idea; and perhaps he heard me; for he moved on the bed suddenly, as if startled.” (Poe
Museum.) The old man sleeping in the bedroom symbolizes a very vulnerable position.
When someone is sleeping, they are very vulnerable to anything happening to them.
Being asleep, they are not able to protect themselves as well as they could when they are awake and alert. The narrator also uses a lantern. With a lantern, you can allow as much or as little light as you would like. I think this was the murder weapon. He went
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“The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge.” (Poe Museum.)
Normal people do not go out and look for revenge. Only someone with a mental illness would think it is alright to seek out revenge on someone who has insulted them.The narrator in this short story uses wine, which is what Fortunado, the man who insulted him, loves. In fact, he claims to be a wine expert. After he is lured down in to the wine cellar, he is given so much wine, he gets drunk. Once he gets drunk, he is buried behind a wall to die. The narrator makes a wall of 11 tiers. I believe the tiers in this story, represent the blocking out of the world. Anything that begins to hurt someone, they just shut down and build a wall around their heart.
Edgar Allen Poe wrote many short stories, that all were very well written.
However, the two that we discussed seemed to be two of his most known stories. In both of these stories, it shows how crazy the narrator is. There is no real logical thinking coming from either of them. Since Poe was an alcoholic and depressed, I feel like a lot of his feelings probably came from the lack of logic. Some of his

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