The Cask Of Amontillado And Rsquo Analysis

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Edgar Allen Poe and Flannery O’Conner’s horrid view of the human experience makes them both well known. In Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” and O’Conner’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” two cold-blooded murders commit horrific crimes. The 16th century killer Montresor and the modern day serial killer, The Misfit, both share similarities and differences in the motivation for the crimes they commit, their choice of victims, and the degree of their remorse. Though both Montresor and The Misfit are considered cold-blooded murders, the motivation for their crimes shows a discrepancy to a certain extent. The beginning of Poe’s story opens with Montresor’s revelation about the nature…show more content…
Montresor vows revenge from one man who ill-treated him, while the Misfit takes his revenge out on anyone whom he crosses paths with, like the Bailey family, whose double standards and indifference towards others he feels are liable for the problems in the world. Fortunato is Montresor’s one and only victim. Montresor is determined to get back at Fortunato after all the agony he had to undergo from him without feeling regretful or having legal consequences: “I must not only punish but punish with impunity” (375). After Montresor leads Fortunato into his family’s vaults, he executes his plan and that was to kill Fortunato. In contrast, the Bailey family is probably one of many people that the Misfit crosses paths with after escaping from jail in Florida. The Bailey family has an automobile accident after the grandmother sends them down a wrong road where she thought an old house was that she visited once when she was younger. Once the Misfit comes across the Bailey family, and the grandmother identifies him, that is when things take a change for the worst. The Misfit smiles faintly and says, “Yes’m...but it would have been better for all of you, lady, if you hadn’t of reckernized me” (321). The Misfit’s men slowly lead the family into the woods starting with the father and the son first, shoot them, then shoot the…show more content…
How people can have a bad encounter with one person and decides to take retribution on that one person or have a bad experience with someone and take retribution out on anyone they cross paths with. Even though most people do not go about handling situations in the manner like the characters in the stories, the stories do give one an idea about how a conflict can affect a person mental ability and have a dangerous effect that could have been

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