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Ryan Sahle
Mrs. Janet Swierbut
ENG 108
September 30 , 2017


Comparing " A R ose for Emily " and " The Cask of Amontillado "
American authors Edgar All en Poe and William Faulkner each wrote stories that show characters w ho commit similar murder s and seem to suffer from some form of mental illness . The characters are Montresor in "T he C ask of A montillado " by Poe and Emily , in " A Rose for Emily " by Faulkner. These characters may be different in some ways but they also hold a few key things in common . T hey both commit premeditated murder in their stories . Montresor doesn't reveal his exact motive for the murder . The reader just knows t hat his victim Fortunato had wronged him severely and really does not know if this is true or not . But in the case of Emily the reader knows that she has an exact motive to murder Homer . Homer wouldn't marry her , so she kills him so they could be together forever

B oth characters have their ways to prepare for their act of murder . Montr esor has made sure his house is empty prior to Fortu nato's arrival. , "there are no attendants at home . . . I had told them that I should not return until the morning, and had given them explicit or ders not to stir from the house (Poe 180 ) . Montresor used r everse psychology to trick the servants into leaving .
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H e said he wasn't going to be back until the morning since there was a carnival going on . T he servants left when they thought he was gone leaving the house empty for him and his victim with no witnesses . Montre sor brought a trowel and mortar below with him in to the catacombs so he can seal off Fortunato and come away clean from his murder . In addition to ensur e Fortunato wouldn't fight back and make it easier , he got him drunk as they went down the catacombs . Montresor doesn't feel any remorse when he buries Fortunato as he believes it's a good thing as he is enjoying the screams of Fortunato.
Emily also prepares to kill through her actions of buying the arsenic " But the law requires you to tell wha t you are going to use it for. " Miss Emily just stared at him, her head tilted back in order to look him eye for eye, until he looked away and went and got the arsenic and wrapped it up " (Faulkner part 3) not telling him the purpose of the arsenic but due to her status so no witnesses like Montresor for the murder, people didn't question her and then presumably poisoning Homer's food when he's invited over . Homer probably never expected to be killed by the main character like Fortunato. Similar to Montresor in a way , Emily does not seem to show remorse for her actions either . Emily buries Homers body in a sealed room dressed in wedding clothes . Emily doesn't care if Homer is dead or alive as long as they were together.
M ontresor and Emily also choose to keep their murderous acts to themselves . They both get away with the murders. Emily keeps the murder of Homer secret until she dies . The t ownspeople find what was left of him , "rotted beneath what was left of the nightshirt"
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( Faulkner part 4 ) in a sealed room. Montresor seals off Fortunato in the catacombs with bricks where he says no mortal has disturbed him since . In both stories , both of the main characters seem to have mental illness which may be the main reason why they committed these murders.
In "A Rose for Emily " , Emily was isolated by her father for most of her life and she didn't have many people to support her . All she had was her father and when he died Emily couldn't accept that loss. She was so in denial that she