Emily Grierson From ' The Cask Of Amontillado ' By Edgar Allan Poe

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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 wealth, which he believes Emily has because of her family name, since the Griersons were believed to be the wealthiest family in town. Homer soon finds out that the Grierson family is now broke, and when Emily suspects that he plans on leaving her, she kills him because she could not bear the thought of being alone again past the age of 30. She keeps his body for 40 years, until she…

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