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I NEED HELP FOR POE'S THE CASK OF AMONTİLLADO AND THE TELL-TALE HEART...THANKS FOR HELPS...
-- Anonymous, March 26, 2002
These tales are unique in being told from the murderer's point of view. Also The Black Cat(temporarily insane due to drink and obsession). The noble is out for revenge. The boarder is simply mad, fixating his fears on the innocent old man. The noble is successful though perhaps boasting of his sangfroid too much. Montressor after all shows several times he was disturbed during the elaborate murder. The Tell Tale lunatic can't silence his fear which turns madly into his betraying conscience and a confession. Montressor has nothing to fear from his boasting confession. The moody darkness of a killer's mind is explored in diferent ways by Poe. He shifts the point of view in his horror tales to experiment with this exploration, rarely doing the same thing twice. There is a difficulty and slowness in committing the murder with suspense building drawing back, then rushing to inevitability. The mad man foolishly boasts because his cleverness and skewed reasoning turns on him.
-- Anonymous, March 27, 2002