Comparative Essay

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Comparative Essay Two stories that can be extensively compared to each other are “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe. Both Edgar Allen Poe and Nathaniel Hawethorne use similar writing techniques to captivate the audience. Even though the stories are written by different authors, both authors use similar writing techniques such as, what the theme of the story is, literary terms, and where the setting of the story takes place. Even though these two stories may have some differences, the differences are our heavily outweighed by the similarities. Firstly the similarity of the themes of these two stories may not be completely obvious, but if analysed correctly one can tell they are definitely similar. The theme of the story “Young Goodman Brown” is the conflicts questioning people’s faith towards, and the temptations of evil. The character Goodman Brown gives into these temptations when he decides to take a walk to meet the devil, and leave his wife at home. In the story he finds out his whole community has also given in to temptation of evil when he discovers the Devil has recruited them. Coincidentally this theme is similar to the one of “The Cask of Amontillado.” In this story the theme is similar because it is also about one’s evil thoughts and impulses. The book is about how the character Montresor acts on his evil thoughts of revenge by killing Fortunato for insulting him in the past. Another example that shows the severity of Montresors evil ways is that instead of just acting on evil impulses, he actually plans out the murder step by step carefully and thoughtfully. Therefore, it is shown that the two stories used similar themes involving evil temptations, and they were essential to making a great mysterious short story. Secondly, the two authors use the same kind of literary terms to

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