Contrast short stories "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Most Dangerous Game." (two contrasts with supporting details not comparisions n read below)i got two comparisions with supporting details...

Contrast short stories "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Most Dangerous Game." (two contrasts with supporting details not comparisions n read below)

i got two comparisions with supporting details but not two contrasts with supporting details yet. Can u give me two contrasts with supporting details, plz.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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There are many different contrasts between the short stories "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Most Dangerous Game."

  • 19th century (or earlier) setting vs. 20th century.
  • The setting is in Italy (probably) vs. a Caribbean island.
  • The action takes place above ground (island) vs. below ground (catacombs).
  • The would-be killer succeeds in "Cask"; Zaroff does not in "TMDG".
  • Fortunato and Montressor have known each other for a long time; Zaroff and Rainsford have just met.
  • There is a bloodless murder ("Cask") vs. a bloody killing (probably, in "TMDG").
  • Well-planned murder ("Cask") vs. impromptu plan ("TMDG").
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To me, the major difference between the two is the nature of the two villains.  In one story, we have Montresor who has an actual reason (although we are not told what it is) to hate his quarry.  He says that Fortunato is his enemy and that is why he must die.  By contrast, Zaroff has nothing against Rainsford.  Rainsford is a random victim and Zaroff even tries to get him to join him in his depraved game.

A second difference is the role of the intended victim.  Fortunato does not fight against his fate.  He has no idea what is going to happen to him until it is too late.  By contrast, Rainsford knows what the "game" is about and he has a chance to fight for his life.  This makes it a more suspenseful story, in my opinion.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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To underscore what has already been aptly mentioned, the murder of Fortunato is a act of passion by a hot-blooded Italian man on a vendetta ("A thousand injuries I had born...") while the Russian Cossack--a group renowned for their sangfroid and rapacious killing--General Zaroff is jaded and kills merely for sport. ("I hunt the most dangerous game....I live for danger.)

Another difference between the stories is the fact that there is an ambiguity about the circumstances of the reasons why Montesor seeks revenge and probably some in the mind of the unsuspecting Fortunato, but the intent of Zaroff is clear as he says he has "invented a new sensation," and clearly understood by his victim, Sanger Rainsford, "You can't mean--" ..."He knew what it was to be a beast at bay."

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