In Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” and Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour,” friendship is portrayed as a source of oppression and discontent.
In “The Cask of Amontillado,” Montresor and Fortunato have a superficial relationship. They are outwardly polite to one another, but they do not like each other. Montresor hates Fortunato for the many unspecified insults and injuries committed against him. To rid himself of this oppressive relationship, Montresor devises and executes a plan to kill his rival.
Similarly, in “The Story of an Hour,” Louise feels oppressed by her marriage and husband. She admits that he is a good person and a loving partner, but she is tired of living a life that revolves around him. In a sense, the Mallards’ marriage is superficial, much like the tense friendship between Montresor and Fortunato. Louise outwardly acts like everything is fine, but she is secretly miserable and longs for freedom.
Unlike Montresor, Louise does not kill her oppressor, but she is overcome with relief and joy when she believes he was killed in a train accident. Louise also differs from Montresor in that she does not completely hate her husband. She loves him and some part of her is saddened by his supposed passing, whereas Montresor feels nothing but anger and hatred for Fortunato.