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Posted September 3, 2009 at 9:03 AM via web

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How does Monstresor describe Fortunato's strengths and weaknesses?

"The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 3, 2009 at 9:39 AM (Answer #1)

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Montesor of Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado" states that Fortunato has a "weak point" in priding himself on his connossieurship in wine.  But, like most Italians, Montesor continues, he does not have "the true virtuoso spirt," the deep interest in and knowledge of the art of winery. Like his fellow countrymen, according to Montesor, Fortunato is an opportunist who practices "imposture upon the British and Austrian millionaires," pretending enthusiasm for the sake of sales.  In painting and knowledge of precious stones, Fortunato is "a  quack."  However, Fortunato is "skillful in the Italian vintages" like Montesor himself.

This last statement suggests a rivalry between Montesor and Fortunato.  "The thousand injuries of Fortunato" he has "borne" seem much exaggerated by the unreliable narrator, Montesor. 

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