Forunato

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Fortunato
Fortunato is a character in Edgar Allan Poe's short story, "The Cask of Amontillado." Fortunato has wronged Montresor, the narrator of "Cask." The reader can not trust Montresor simply because he is an unreliable narrator, so the reader can't say for a fact that Fortunato had wronged Montresor. Montresor then seeks revenge on Fortunato. During carnivale season, Fortunato is drinking all types of wine. Montresor knows Fortunato is drunk so he goes to Fortunato and tells him he has Amontillado which is a fine wine. Fortunato wants the Amontillado so much, that he is willing to do anything for it, and that will lead him to his death. Montresor brought Fortunato into the catacombs, chained Fortunato to the wall, walled Fortunato up, and Fortunato was dead. Actually he wasn't dead right then and there. Montresor walled Fortunato up alive, so Fortunato can suffer much pain, then die, die a helpless man. Fortunato was a fun, outgoing, alcoholic, boastful/prideful man. Fortunato (Italian for “fortunate”) wears the multicolored costume of the jester, including a cone cap with bells.
Fortunado has a weakness, his conceit, when it comes to his belief that he is a expert of fine wines. Because he is drunk, he is unaware to the warning signs around him; the warnings that he will not return from the catacombs. He seems to be unaware that comments he has made to the Montresor in the past have offended him greatly. So, I would say that he is not very sensitive when dealing with other people. His desire to taste and judge the wine before his competitor Luchesi shows pride. He has a trusting nature, perhaps brought on by the festivities and his overconsumption in drinking. All in all, I would describe him as a weak character in terms of dealing with other people in the…...

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