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Compare E.A. Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado" and Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game?"

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Posted September 8, 2013 at 4:57 PM (Answer #1)

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Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado" and Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game" are both stories which illustrate the darker side of human nature. 

While the first person narrator of Poe's story has been defined as unstable (and, therefore, unreliable), the narrator of Connell's story takes on the position of an observer (third person omniscient). Readers may find themselves questioning the integrity of Poe's narrator and readily believing Connell's. 

Both stories depict the lengths one man will go to in order to end the life of another. Poe's protagonist (Montresor) leads the antagonist (Fortunato) through the catacombs deep under the streets and his home. Fortunato, unaware of Montrasor's intent to murder him, follows willingly. Connell's protagonist (Rainsford) does not wish to take part in any of Zaroff's (antagonist) games. Zaroff gives Rainsford no choice: become the prey of the hunt or face Ivan (a brute who will kill him easily). 

In the end of both texts, a man dies. In Poe's tale, Montresor is successful at bricking Fortunato into the wall and leaving him to die. In Connell's tale, Zaroff fails at killing Rainsford. Instead, Rainsford proves himself to be the "most dangerous game." 

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