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Poes short stories The Tell-Tale Heart and The Cask ofAmontillado are two of the greatest thriller and horror short storiesever written In both stories the narrator is a killer victims killedfor apparently trivial reasons calculating and retelling of theircrime The narrator Montresor in the cask of amontillado resolves tomurder his friend to avenge himself for all the years of insult heendured Therefore he lures his friend into his family catacombs withwine and buries him alive Like Montresor the narrator of TheTell-Tale Heart resolves to murder his roommate an old men to ridhimself of the old mans unbearable vulture eye as it cause However the narrator watches the old man in his bedroom for seven nightsbefore murdering him After the crime is committed his guilt leads himto confess to police and reveal the body he buried underneath the flourboard Though the stories are that of horror beneath the surface thereis an underlying meaning or theme that reaches the reader Poe usesirony symbolism and point of view throughout the stories toeffectively convey the themes of internal sanity obsession withvengeance and the common theme of guiltIrony plays a significant part in both stories as Poe uses it toincrease tension and communicate the theme There are two types ofirony verbal and dramatic irony Dramatic irony allows the reader to beaware of a reality that differs from the reality the charactersperceiveCharters 1056 Verbal Irony however is the readersawareness of a discrepancy between the real meaning of the situationbeing presented and the literal meaning of the authors words inpresenting it Charters 1114 Poes incorporates both types of ironyin the short stories In Tell-Tale Heart verbal irony can be seen within the first fewparagraphs of the story True nervous very very dreadfully nervousI had been and am but why will you say that I am madI heard allthings in the heaven and in the earth I heard many things in hell Howthen am I mad Hearken and observe how
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