Raisin The Sun And The Cask Of Amontillado

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When your mind is set on a goal, it can possibly become a reality. A dream and a goal are both being attempted by two men who are unware that there is a conflict within themselves. Man vs. self is shown with the character Walter, from A Raisin the Sun and also with Montresor in “The Cask of Amontillado”. Man versus himself is depicted as an internal conflict in which the character struggles against himself. According to Power point 1, internal conflict is an inner struggle that a character faces. Walter had his mind set on fulfilling a dream and likewise Montresor had a goal to kill his friend, both characters are driven by their own desires and it caused them to lose sight of the world around them. A dream or goal can either be accomplished …show more content…
He feels as if his goal is met then everything else will work its self out. Walter like Montresor has no idea that they both have an internal conflict and it begins within themselves. Walter becomes a hindrance to himself. He cannot see the world around him. He took money and misused the funds and it affected the people around him. This play is in comparison with the character Montresor against Fortunato in Edgar Allen Poe’s, “The Cask of Amontillado”. Fortunato did unforeseen things against Montresor in which he plans and enacts a plot to kill him. He has his mind set on fulfilling his purpose. Montresor is intent on his plan shown as followed:
“The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could’ but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge. You, who so well know the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that I gave utterance to a threat. At length I would be avenged; this was a point definitely settled.” (Poe in Gardner, Lawn, Ridl, & Schakel, 2009
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Montresor is driven by revenge and Walter is driven by a dream. To compare and contrast both readings, Langston Hughes asks a few questions in the poem “Harlem”; “what happens to dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore and then run?” Walter answers the question when he deals with his internal conflict and his dream. A dream can be daunting and it can consume a person if it not dealt with. The same holds true for Montresor. However, Montresor does not have a dream but a goal and he lets that very goal drive him to enacting out what he believes is right for

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