A Comparison of “Oedipus Rex” and “The Cask of Amontillado”
I. Both “Oedipus Rex” and “The Cask of Amontillado” exhibit conflict among the characters.
A. The conflict in “The Cask of Amontillado” originates before the story starts.
1. Montressor informs the reader that he has borne Fortunato’s injuries thousands of times, but one insult from Fortunato pushes Montressor to vow revenge.
2. Montressor exploits Fortunato’s weakness for fine wine.
B. The conflict in “Oedipus Rex” also starts before the story begins.