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Unformatted text preview: Moore 1 Shann Moore English Comp. I I Jennifer Gordon 03 April 2008 Trapped Between Two Wonders Many authors have appeared throughout the history of literature. A particular area of literature which may captivate the attention of the reader is short stories. Famous authors throughout history have made a mark on the readers with mysterious and thoughtful stories that give different perspectives to every reader. Writers such as Edgar Allen Poe, William Faulkner, and Flannery O Connor have left many readers thinking about the many perspectives that the story gives. The differences, comparisons, and symbolism of short stories are subjects that bring much controversy. By discussing these topics, one can find out more about the short story he or she is reading. The difference among many short stories is makes each short story interesting. Each story usually shows a different viewpoint to the reader that is portrayed by the author. Two stories in particular give many readers a new experience into the world of short stories. A Rose for Emily and The Cask of Amontillado gives the reader a new point of view into the main characters psyche and even a view into the mind of the author. The best way to learn the different elements of a short story is by looking at the differences between Moore 2 The Cask of Amontillado and A Rose for Emily. The traits of each main character are very different in both stories. Emily Grierson in the story, A Rose for Emily has a large sense of pride that would not be bent by any other person. Emily was also very possessive of things around her such as her deceased father who Emily kept in a room until the townspeople complained of a strange smell that turned out to be the corpse of Emilys father rotting slowly. The townspeople had to forcefully take away the corpse from Emily since Emily had no one else the she knew closely her whole life. Emily also kept her recently deceased lover named Baron in the same room as her father since Emily loved Baron so much that she kept him permanently by poisoning him and letting Baron lie in an old bed until the end of Emily Griersons days. In the other short story, The Cask of Amontillado, the main character who goes by the name of Montresor has a multiple number of traits that make him a very interesting character. Montresor is a very secretive person since he has much vengeance towards a person by the name of Fortunado who has apparently insulted Montresor beyond forgiveness. Montesor is also very deceitful so that he can lure Fortunado to his wine vaults and seal him inside the walls of the catacombs while Fortunado is alive. Montresor in some aspects is seen as a madman, but in the eyes of Montresor, he is committing an act of vengeance that was deemed proper since the insults of Fortunado have done more than hurt Montresors reputation. Other than the difference in the traits of each main character, there is also much difference between the story environments of The Cask of Amontillado and A Rose for Emily. Moore...
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