A Tell-Tale Heart-Personal Narrative Analysis

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The narrator of “A Tell Tale Heart” was more mentally unfit. One reason to back this up would be because the narrator of “The Cask of Amontillado” was smart. He not only tricked his victim with reverse psychology, but he also tortured his victim once he was caught and tied up. Along with that, he kept him intoxicated so it was easier to lure him into the catacombs. He thought his plan through and even gave his victim chances to escape. One of the many examples would be,

"’My friend, no; I will not impose upon your good nature. I perceive you have an engagement. Luchresi--’
‘I have no engagement; --come.’
‘My friend, no. It is not the engagement, but the severe cold with which I perceive you are afflicted. The vaults are insufferably
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I talked more, and faster. The sound became clearer. And still they sat and talked. Suddenly I knew that the sound was not in my ears, it was not just inside my head. At that moment I must have become quite white. I talked still faster and louder. And the sound, too, became louder. It was a quick, low, soft sound, like the sound of a clock heard through a wall, a sound I knew well. Louder it became, and louder. Why did the men not go? Louder, louder. I stood up and walked quickly around the room. I pushed my chair across the floor to make more noise, to cover that terrible sound. I talked even louder. And still the men sat and talked, and smiled. Was it possible that they could not hear?? No! They heard! I was certain of it. They knew! Now it was they who were playing a game with me. I was suffering more than I could bear, from their smiles, and from that sound. Louder, louder, louder! Suddenly I could bear it no longer. I pointed at the boards and cried, “Yes! Yes, I killed him. Pull up the boards and you shall see! I killed him. But why does his heart not stop beating?! Why does it not stop!?”
This just backs up the point even more, because all these things occurring to him are hallucinations, a side effect of mental illness.
In conclusion, the narrator of “A Tell Tale Heart” was more mentally unfit. Poe uses different ways to kill the victim in both stories, but they have the same motive, to kill because they are angered. Finally after seeing that both stories are similar theme wise, but have