How does Montresor manipulate Fortunato (3 ways), and what character traits make Fortunato easy prey for Montresor in "The Cask of Amontillado"?

In "The Cask of Amontillado," Montresor manipulates Fortunato by continually flattering him, feigning concern for his health, and offering him droughts of wine to further impair his judgment. Fortunato's pride, arrogance, and affinity for fine wines are character traits that make him easy prey for Montresor. Fortunato's overconfident, bold personality influences him to dismiss Montresor's concerns as he unknowingly travels towards his death.

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Montresor elaborates on Fortunato's primary character trait that makes him easy prey by stating that his one weak point was that he "prided himself on his connoisseurship in wine." Fortunato's excessive pride in the area of recognizing and tasting fine wines leads to his downfall as he unknowingly follows Montresor to his death. Montresor manipulates Fortunato's pride by mentioning that he acquired what seems to be Amontillado and was on his way to see Luchesi for verification. By mentioning Luchesi's name, Montresor piques Fortunato's interest and plays on his pride, knowing that he cannot resist the opportunity to display his expertise and prove that he is more knowledgeable than Luchesi. Fortunato then displays his arrogance by ridiculing Luchesi and insists on following Montresor to his empty palazzo.

As Montresor leads Fortunato through his family's catacombs, he continues to manipulate his unsuspecting victim by flattering Fortunato and feigning concern for his well-being....

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