The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

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Contrast the short stories "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Most Dangerous Game." Provide two examples of contrast with supporting details.

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One of the most obvious differences between the two stories concerns the narrative point of view. Connell's classic short story "The Most Dangerous Game" is told utilizing third-person narration while Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado" is told using first-person narration. In Connell's short story, the third-person narrator is omniscient and reveals the thoughts and feelings of Sanger Rainsford and the maniacal General Zaroff. In Poe's short story, the first-person narrator is unreliable, and the reader questions the authenticity of the story.

Another difference between both works concerns the protagonists' motivations. Rainsford is the protagonist of "The Most Dangerous Game," and his primary motivation is to survive the three days on Ship-Trap Island, where he is being hunted by General Zaroff. In contrast, Montresor is motivated by revenge to murder his enemy, Fortunato. Montresor claims that Fortunato had caused him a "thousand injuries," which is why he seeks revenge.

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