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Faulkner A Rose For Emily Summary Analysis & Verbal Irony in The Cask of Amontillado Summary Analysis pdf

Faulkner A Rose For Emily Summary Analysis & Verbal Irony in The Cask of Amontillado Summary Analysis pdf

The Compare and Contrast of 2 Short Stories: “A Rose for Emily” and “The Cask of Amontillado”

The most obvious plot similarity between “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner and “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe is that they are both about revenge. “A Rose for Emily” culminates in the discovery of a man’s deceased remains. William Faulkner implies that Emily Grierson has poisoned the man with arsenic. “The Cask of Amontillado” ends in death too, but the victim, Fortunato, is sealed in a wall of a cellar crypt. There are further similarities and differences as well.

In “A Rose for Emily,” the discovery of Homer Barron’s body is something of a plot twist. Though not entirely unexpected given Miss Emily’s purchase of arsenic and Homer Barron’s failure to re-emerge from Miss Emily’s house, there is no overt indication prior to the last few paragraphs of the story that Emily murdered him. Another similarity is that Homer was aslo sealed in a room, but in an upstairs bedroom, not an underground room in a cellar. By contrast, Montresor, intends to harm Fortunato: “AT LENGTH I would be avenged; this was a point definitively settled -- but the very definitiveness with which it was resolved precluded the idea of risk. I must not only punish, but punish with impunity” (Edgar Allan Poe 255). Montresor never tells us the specific reason for why he would be avenged represents a deeper similarity between the 2 story plots. Montresor’s specific reasons for harming *avenging* Fortunato remain very mysterious, and Emily’s reasons for seeking revenge on Homer are never fully explicitly stated, but it's clear that Montresor’s motive is related to insult and Miss Emily’s motive is related to love. "The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge." The 2 writers create very different environments in which the action takes place. Faulkner opens his short story setting up a gloomy, dark stage by describing a derelict Victorian home in a denigrated neighborhood. In the case of Poe’s short story the first clear description of the environment comes later in the story and describes the tunnels leading to the cask of Amontillado. This cramped setting appears to reinforce the cramped space in which Fortunato is ultimately entombed. These settings work well to create a mysterious and tense plot. Faulkner uses many characters in his story where Poe restricts himself to just two. In Faulkner’s story the protagonist is defined through the eyes of many characters thus creating an air of mystery that surrounds the main character of Miss Emily. The 2 short stories, “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner and “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe are similar in that they deal with death in a macabre fashion. Both protagonists exhibit narcissistic personalities perpetrating murders to satisfy selfish justifications. The characters Fortunato and Homer Barron were murdered in gruesome manors; Fortunato was encased in a brick wall and Homer Barron was poisoned. Beyond these two similarities the stories differ greatly.
One of the most notable differences between the two stories is the tense with which they are written. Poe takes us into the mind of the main character using the first person. In this way we learn about the insults perpetrated against the main character along with the intimate reasoning he uses to justify his act of revenge. On the contrary, Faulkner writes his story in the third-person omniscient voice and defines the main character through a myriad of supporting characters and dynamic imagery. This use of tense functions well and reinforces the writers plot design. "The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge." Both Emily & Montresor allow vanity and delusional thoughts to take over their sense of reality. Both are presented as crazy or deranged and somewhat eccentric (to put it mildly). Both Montresor and Miss Emily seek revenge, but only because of their own slightly unbalanced. Both Emily and Montresor felt they had been wronged by their victims. In a "Cask of Amontillado", the reader never learns how Montresor was mistreated (Montresor 's insult received by Fortunato) to the point of wanting to commit such revengful felonies. Emily didn't want to be abandoned or rejected personalities. Neither character ever had to pay for their crimes either, the bodies of both victimes were not found until years later. "I forced the last stone into its position; I plastered it up. Against the new masonry I re-erected the old rampart of bones. For the half of a century no mortal has disturbed them."



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