troubled thinking Essay

1009 Words Dec 18th, 2013 5 Pages
English 111TR
Paper 3
7 November 2013
Troubled Thinking

Although "The Cask of Amontillado" and "A&P" are narrated by two considerably distinct types of narrators in very different situations, both of these stories by Edgar Allan Poe and John Updike take on a comparable meaning through the actions that these characters yield based on their reactions to certain events that lead them to make their fixed decisions. Two characters, Montresor from “The Cask of Amontillado” and Sammy from “A&P,” are the main focus of these plots and each of them is seriously affected in a certain way by their alleged enemies, Fortunato (Montresor’s respected acquaintance) and Lengel (Sammy’s uptight boss). In their societies, both Montresor and Sammy
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Similar to Montresor’s misjudgment, Sammy makes the instinctive verdict to quit his job, with only the possible benefit of the chance that he may turn out to be a hero to these girls because of his reaction to Lengel. He starts off courageous and confident in his assessment of the situation but doesn’t realize that he may not get the results he wishes for.
After they have made their decisions, they both realize that the repercussions of their actions were oppressed with more fallout than they had imagined. There are serious results for both of their actions and it does not turn out to be a happy ending for either of them. Montresor is left with shame and regret after he leaves Fortunato alone to die and feels remorse for him only after he has sealed the brick wall. He tells the story half a century later which includes his long lasting sorrow for Fortunato and the guilt he still holds at the very end of his story. Sammy also realizes after he resigns that he may have made the wrong decision and no advantage had come to him after the incident, only repentance as he walks out of the store he had known for so many years. They are both troubled characters who decide to narrate their own stories with their upmost honesty describing to their audience what they did, the reasons for their actions, and why they believed it was the

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