Fortunado and Montresor have similar personalities. Based upon the narrator's comments, how are both very similar?

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Although this story is dominated by the narrator, both men have similar characteristics.  Fortunado is known as both a "respected and feared man." He is a connoisseur of fine wines.  Because of this, there may be a little jealousy in Montressor.  Fortunado does well financially and is well accepted in the community, as he is a member of the Masons.  He is also a little arrogant, and that is seen when he questions Montressor's involvement with the Masons.  He treats Montressor as if he is surprised that they would accept him into their fraternity.

Montressor is most likely respected in the area, for he has a mansion and many servants who tend to him.  He may not be feared, but after this tale, he should be.  He is very bright and creative with his murderous plans.  Because of this intelligence, he is also arrogant.  He is arrogant enough to believe that he can pull off a murder and get away with it. 

Both men are completely focused on one thing.  Fortunado is focused on this cask.  He wants to see it and taste it so badly, that (other than being drunk) it clouds his reasoning skills.  He continues deep into the catacombs without questioning.  Montressor is completely focused on his revenge.  He will stop at nothing to repay Fortunado for his insults.  He even makes sure that the servants are all out of the house, but he does this using "reverse psychology" so that he never actually orders them out of the house.