Montresor in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” and the chambermaid in Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s “The Goose Girl” both personify the dark side of human nature. In “The Cask of Amontillado,” Montresor, the vile narrator, tells the story of how he ruthlessly murdered his victim, Fortunato, fifty years ago. In “The Goose Girl,” the treacherous chambermaid forces the princess to trade places with her in order to marry a prince from a distant land. Montresor uses manipulation to accomplish his revenge; unlike the chambermaid who primarily uses coercion and deception. Montresor was successful in committing the perfect revenge whereas the chambermaid was exposed and punished for her deception. Both stories use different methods to teach
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Similarly, In the Brothers Grimm “The Goose Girl” the chambermaid epitomizes an opportunistic antagonist. In the story, the queen sends off her daughter to marry a prince in a distant kingdom and picks a chambermaid to ride with the princess. One can gather that the queen must have trusted the chambermaid to choose her in the journey. As soon as the princess orders the chambermaid to “get some water from the brook,” (J. Grimm, W. Grimm 405) the chambermaid became disobedient and told the princess to “get off your horse yourself, and lie down near the water and drink. I won’t be your servant.” (J. Grimm, W. Grimm 405) Soon after, the chambermaid noticed when the princess lost her cloth of protection, and took control by forcing the princess to trade identities with her. Both Montresor and the chambermaid are opportunistic in the way they seize the opportunity to carry out their malevolent plan when their victim is defenseless.
Another comparison between Montresor and the chambermaid is that they are both deceitful characters. In Poe’s “The Cask of Amotillado,” Montresor uses reverse psychology to prey on Fortunato’s ego. Montresor mentions that he bought some Amontillado and was not sure if it was genuine. He revealed that he is on his way to Luchesi, who would be able to help him identify it. In the story, Montresor states “As you are engaged, I am on my way to Luchresi. If any one has a critical turn