The Cask Of Amontillado Comparative Essay

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The works of Edgar Allen Poe, and Howard Phillips Lovecraft seem to confront and embrace man’s basic fears such as death, supernatural creatures, and evoke the darkest emotions. During much of the time that Edgar Allen Poe and Howard Phillips Lovecraft’s time, death was a great fear due to a spread of tuberculosis in Europe and North America. The disease tuberculosis impacted Poe personally by claiming the life of his mother, brother, and his beloved wife Virginia. Although The Tomb and The Cask of Amontillado seem similar in regards to themes of death, however The Cask of Amontillado deals with the dark emotion revenge, The tomb’s main character hints at supernatural forces. One similarity and evidence of Poe’s influence upon Poe is that both stories references to places of death is strikingly clear. Both writer’s use of…show more content…
In The Cask of Amontillado the main plot is Montresor, who had promised vengeance at the beginning of the story upon his unsuspecting friend Fortunato exploiting his weakness for fine liquor, luring him with the Cask of Amontillado; leading him into a deadly trap deep in the catacombs in the Montresor’s home. The plot however in The Tomb centers on poor Jervas who stays close to home for much of the storyline reading old books found at his home and obsessing about the Hyde tomb near his home. He keeps planning for years how to get into the tomb and explore the contents of the tomb. The writer through use of his character Jervas’ words, “It’s an unfortunate fact that the bulk of humanity is too limited in its mental vision to weigh with patience and intelligence those isolated phenomena, seen and felt a psychologically sensitive few.” The writer is hinting that Jervas problems were caused by supernatural causes that others did not understand which lead to his abject isolation from society in a mental institution. The haunting of Jervas mind is the real” Tomb” which

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