In "The Cask of Amontillado" What ways are Montresor and Fortunato alike? How are they different? [Compare and Contrast]

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The characters Montresor and Fortunato in "The Cask of Amontillado" share many surface similarities.  Both men are Italian and from relatively wealthy families.  Both would likely have been dressed as gentlemen and behaved in similar ways.  Each man is cocky in his own right.  Fortunato believes he is an excellent wine connoisseur.  Montresor believes he is better than Forutnato in a way and that Fortunato has insulted him.  Montresor seems colder and more calculating than Fortuanto.  Fortunato is trusting and some what of a dupe in this story.  Montresor seems unbalanced in a way.  He offers no proof of the insults that Fortunato has done to him and yet he considers them severe enough to torture Fortunato behind the wall.  In the end, we see the same stubbornness in Fortunato's character as he refuses to answer Montresor from behind the wall.

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