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higareda | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted November 1, 2011 at 10:36 AM via web

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In "The Cask of Amontillado," who is most responsible for the death of Fortunato--himself or Montressor?

In "The Cask of Amontillado," who is most responsible for the death of Fortunato--himself or Montressor?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 1, 2011 at 11:25 AM (Answer #2)

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Since it is Montresor who carefully plans to kill Fortunato and then successfully carries out the plot, it would hard to blame Fortunato entirely for his own death. However, Fortunato deserves some of the blame. He allows himself to be led--drunken and, embarrassingly, dressed as a fool--deep into a dark burial chamber with bones and skeletons scattered at every step. Although he seems to consider Montresor a friend, it is hard to believe that he would allow himself to be fooled so easily. However, his one weakness--

He prided himself on his connoisseur-ship in wine.

proved to be his downfall.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 18, 2012 at 4:19 AM (Answer #3)

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I don't think Fortunado did anything terribly wrong, but in a way he did cause his own death by doing whatever it was he did to anger Montresor.  Montresor wants to take revenge for something.  He should have known Montresor was unstable.

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