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The short story The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe can be compared and contrasted to the short story A Rose for Emily by Faulkner In both of these stories the main characters get away with a planned murder Emily in A Rose for Emily murders her companion Homer Barron She believes that as long as he is dead he can be forever hers She keeps him in her bed along side of her despite the rotting body she still keeps his death to herself In The Cask of Amontillado Montressor feels that his friend Fortunado has insulted him and so he seeks revenge against him He leads Fortunado into the catacombs and leaves him there in chains behind a wall to die The difference in these two murderers is that Emily killed to keep someone whom she loved with her forever Montressor killed for revenge and to get rid of Fortunado Emily was a woman who in her earlier years was under severe control of her father She was forbidden to go out with boys and had very strict rules Emily had always wanted to be free and to have a husband and then when she got one she killed him in fear of losing him Her fathers restrictions on her may have affected her as a woman She thought she was doing the right thing in keeping Homer Barron dead in her bad sleeping next to her Montressor felt insulted by his friend Fortunado so he felt he had to get revenge on him and by taking his life he felt no mercy His motive was clearly revenge to seek revenge he tricked his friend into believing that there was Amontillado there when he arrived deep
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