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Obsession and Deviance Poe presents the narrators of The Tell-Tale Heart and The Cask of Amontillado as devious obsessed characters Both are overpowered by the need to consume the life of their victim Though they use different strategies to carry out the murders in different ways obsession is the driving force in both It is this obsession that inspires them to design these cunning strategies and carry out the executions The obsession of Montresor in The Cask of Amontillado and of the narrator in The Tell-Tale Heart is obvious throughout the stories The narrator in The Tell-Tale Heart is actually obsessed with the old mans eye rather than the old man himself It is this obsession with the eye that drives him to commit the murder despite his relatively good feelings toward the old man personally This is why he is unable to harm the old man when the eye is concealed His obsession with the eye is what controls him and his actions Without it in sight to enrage this obsession he is unable to harm the old man This also is why he must shine the lantern light upon only that eye By leaving the rest of the old man in the dark he in a sense de-humanizes the victim His obsession intensifies and takes full control of his actions He eliminates the old man from the equation and is able to charge him and make the kill Montresor in The Cask of Amontillado is similar to the narrator in The Tell-Tale Heart in that his obsession with consuming the soul of Fortunato influences his every action However it is with Fortunato himself that he is obsessed He feeds off of Fortunatos pain unlike the narrator in The Tell-Tale Heart whos obsession is with destroying a menacing inanimate object Montresors entire conspiracy is focused around making Fortunato suffer and for him to know just who is causing this suffering This
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