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Power in Poe's Cask of Amontillado, Hawthorne's Rappaccini's Daughter, Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener, '' Phelps' Angel on the Ideal Shoulder and Child's The Quadroon At Poe's The Cask of Amontillado Montressor attempts his resurrection (for an imagined offense) about Fortunado. He manipulates Fortunado to beliving that he is a friend and that they're going through the crypt. He uses Fortunado's "weak point" - his love of alcohol - contrary to him. He also creates the illusion of concern with insisting that they turn around to save poor Fortunado's health. Montressor manipulates the whole situation from beginning to end. His best accomplishment is that Fortunado will understand exactly what was happening to him with dying a slow death and more importantly, he'd know who was behind the elaborate plan for his departure. Montressor (who's emotionally unstable) is a corrupt guy who thrives off of the power that he has (had) finished Fortunado. At Hawthorne's Rappaccini's Daughter we've got two cases of a power struggle and manipulation. The Scientist has employed his daughter in an experimental attempt to provide her a one-of-a-kind present. Failing in his attempt he's in a way "cursed" his own daughter. He's taken away her capacity to pick her own life - she is in the mercy of her "gift" and is suffering the consequences of his ambition. Baglioni utilizes Giovanni in another way. He utilizes Giovanni to acquire power over Rappaccini. He manipulates Giovanni into believing that Rappaccini is tainted and that Beatrice can be rescued by his antidote. Rappaccini is corrupt because he utilizes his daughter to training his scientific experiments. If his intention to enable her with a gift was really real then he may not be as "wicked" because Baglioni. Baglioni's goals were purely evil. He guy...