The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow And The Cask Of Amontillado, By Edgar Allan Poe

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In Washington Irving 's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and Edgar Allan Poe 's "The Cask of Amontillado," Brom Bones and Montresor take self-preservation to a far extreme. This idea of protecting one 's self and preserving one 's ability to achieve a certain status at any cost becomes a dark, greedy American ideal. At the beginning of both stories, Brom 's desire to destroy any suitor 's hopes of winning Katrina and Montresor 's joking tone leaving Fortunato unknowing of his fate reduce any chance of objection to their plans. As the narratives progress, both utilize their charming, American qualities to get society and the reader on their side, making themselves a hero. Towards the resolution of both short stories, Brom and Montresor 's societies ignore the heinous crimes committed. Through Montresor and Brom 's means of obtaining self-preservation, the American hero and ideal abandons his or her morals to complete their goal with little outcry from the rest of society, encouraging America 's future destructive behavior. By using fear and the ignorance of others, Brom and Montresor successfully eliminate any threat to their evil plans. Brom utilizes his physical prowess and high status in society to reduce other people 's chances with Katrina. This type of fear allows Brom a mental edge and increases his time with Katrina: "Certain it is, his advances were signals for rival candidates to retire, who felt no inclination to cross a lion in his amours" (Irving 19). Brom appears…

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