Fortunato's name resembles the words fortunate and fortune. According to his life and his attitude toward life, how could he be considered a fortunate person in "The Cask of Amontillado"?

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Author Edgar Allan Poe no doubt selected the name of this character carefully for his short story, "The Cask of Amontillado." It is used primarily for its ironic intent--Fortunato's journey into the catacombs with Montresor does not end in good fortune nor in a fortunate manner. However, up until this time, Fortunato has lived a good life. A wealthy man, Fortunato obviously has reached a higher social status than Montresor. He comes from an old family, lives in a palazzo himself with the Lady Fortunato, and

... he was a man to be respected and even feared.

Montresor understands this, and it could be part of his desire for revenge.

"You are rich, respected, admired, beloved; you are happy, as once I was. You are a man to be missed."

Fortunato seems incredulous when Montresor pretends to be a Mason, a secret fraternal society whose members are only of the highest status. It seems that Montresor is not worthy of such a position.

"You? Impossible!"

Fortunato forgets Montresor's coat-of-arms, perhaps because its significance is inconsequential to a man so powerful and loved. Fortunato fails to recognize that Montresor's repeated addresses to him as "my friend" are only a ruse, and his lofty status in the community may have "dulled his senses" to the recognition that he had any enemies.

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