The Tale of Horror

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Diana Rodriguez
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David Glen Smith, Instructor
October 4, 2012.
The Tale of Horror
In “The Cask of Amontillado”, by Edgar Allan Poe, in his story Montresor is the protagonist and also the narrator. Poe uses his narrator to explain situations that are going on in their characters life. Montresor reveals from the beginning of that story that he intends to have revenge over Fortunato. On the other hand “The Goose Girl”, by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm in their story, the chambermaid plays the role of the antagonist. Grimm brother’s story is of a good-hearted princess usurped by her chambermaid and is turned into a common goose girl in a classic fairy tale. The chambermaid does not have any intent at the beginning of the story to usurp the princess place, but she is taking advantage over the princess, because of the circumstances that are happening over the course of the story. Regardless that the Poe story and as well Grimm’s Brothers story utilize common characteristics such as, development of manipulation, betrayal, deceitful, sly and calculating characters. Montresor from Poe story and the chambermaid from Grimm Brothers story, they both have similar characteristics in order to satisfice their own beliefs and desires. Montresor character of Poe’s story initially opens with a clear and specific purpose, which is to kill his friend Fortunato to be able to obtain revenge. “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge. You, who so well know the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that gave utterance to a threat.” (Poe 236). Fortunato is an Italian friend of Montresor, even though Montresor explains that Fortunato has committed many offenses, and a last insult has lead Montresor to commit such an atrocity, that is to secretly murder without have retribution on it.…...

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