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What similarities exist between ''The Black Cat'' and "The Cask of Amontillado"?  

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The obvious physical similarity is that in both tales, the idea of walling up the victim occurs to the killer and is carried out. Montresor decides to entomb Fortunato in a niche in the catacombs, and in "The Black Cat," the crazed narrator first kills his wife and then walls her up in his basement, unaware that the cat is getting in there with the body and will give him away to the police.

Apart from this connection, the stories are rather dissimilar. The killing in "The Cask of Amontillado" is premeditated and carried out calmly and methodically. Montresor articulates his reason for it in the "thousand injuries" committed against him, but we are never told the details; it is possible (very possible) Montresor is delusional. In "The Black Cat," though the murder of Pluto is premeditated, the man kills his wife on the spur of the moment when all she has done is attempt to restrain him from attacking the new cat, the doppelgänger of Pluto.

On a deeper stratum of interpretation, the basic...

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