Compare And Contrast Fortunato And Cask Of Amontillado

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Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado”, is usually proclaimed one of his best works as a short story. In this short story is about two men, Montresor and Fortunato, who were revered as men of power and success. Fortunato and Montresor are both very prideful men, who are willing to go to great strides to uphold and also maintain their honor and reputation for who they are as people. A long with all of the similarities of the two involving there pride, and there knowledge of wine there are also a lot of differences between the two characters that perhaps led to the unfortunate yet ironic death of Fortunato. They both have personality traits and ways of going about living that set them apart from each other. In this story you can see that …show more content…
He has this big huge love of wine and he loves getting drunk, while when Montresor is plotting on him, he is easily caught up with what’s going around him. Fortunato is also an ego maniac as a “friend”, "You do not comprehend?" he said. “Not I," I replied. “Then you are not of the brotherhood. “How?" "You are not of the masons." 3.10"Yes, yes," I said, "Yes, yes." "You? Impossible! A mason?" (311)"A mason," I replied. “A sign," he said. In these various quotes Fortunato has made a sort of sign that went with the Brotherhood of Masons, a society of men going back many ages Fortunato realizes that Montresor didn’t recognize the sign that was used and after that questions him about not knowing. Montresor says he is actually a mason. Fortunato 's next statement revealed that some betrayal of his true feelings towards his confidant. He clearly feels superior or some type of power over Montresor by saying "You? A mason? Impossible?" So why treating Montresor as a friend, he betrays this friendship by assuming he is more superior to his friend …show more content…
I looked at him in surprise. He repeated the movement --a grotesque one. "You do not comprehend?" he said. “Not I," I replied. “Then you are not of the brotherhood." "How?" "You are not of the masons.” Yes, yes," I said; "yes, yes." "You? Impossible! A mason?(311) “A mason," I replied. “A sign," he said, "a sign. “It is this," I answered, producing from beneath the folds of my roquelaire a trowel (312). Montresor infuriates Fortunato’s ego and self-worth with reminding him of where he is success wise in his job of being a mason/ This gesture placed a false sense of security making in Fortunato, that making him all the more susceptible to his horrible end. Montresor uses the double meaning of this word. He shows Fortunato the weapon he is going to kill him with, the trowel, before sealing him into the catacombs. Thus making it easier for himself in trapping Fortunato he fed his ego a lot of lies so he could get him where we wanted. Some proclaim Montresor as a psychopath because his actions of killing came out of the blue, from his character traits we can see that he is that of a

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