Essay The Similarities Between “the Story of an Hour”

1137 Words Jul 10th, 2008 5 Pages
In Literature, two short stories that may not seem similar on the surface can be if a deeper look is taken. A comparison can unlock hidden similarities that cannot be seen the first time one reads them. Such similarities have been found in the two short stories “The Story of an Hour” and “The Cask of Amontillado”. Both of these stories contain a parallel use of light and darkness, deceit and trickery, form of irony, presence of evil, and life’s journey.
In “The Story of an Hour” light and darkness are portrayed in the description of the surroundings. “There were patches of blue sky showing here and there through the clouds that had met piled one above the other in the west facing her window” (Chopin 104). The patches of blue sky that
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His friend Richards was not as careful with the message as the sister, which if Mrs. Mallard was grieving would have most likely caused death immediately. Also, at the end of the story Richards was trying to block Mr. Mallard’s view of his wife not the other way around.
“The Cask of Amontillado” contains deceit and trickery as well. Montresor acts as if he is Fortunato’s colleague and friend. He deceived Fortunato by asking for his expertise in the art of wine tasting to identify a wine that is supposed to be Amontillado. By doing this he appealed to Fortunato’s one weakness. “He prided himself on his connoisseurship in wine” (Poe 203). Taking advantage of this, Montresor lured Fortunato down into the depths of his wine cellar where he would finally get his revenge.
“The Story of an Hour” contains a form of irony that captures the entire story in two sentences. ”She breathed a quick prayer that life might be long. It was only yesterday she had thought with a shudder that life might be long” (Chopin 105). The extent of her discontent in her marriage made her dread the idea of a prolonged existence. Once she believed that she had been widowed, she began to instead pray for the opposite.
Montresor starts out the “The Cask of Amontillado” stating that he would be avenged for the many injuries that Fortunato had caused. In the end he does get his revenge but for most of the journey to obtain it he seems reluctant. On a few…

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