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by Edgar Allan Poe

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What are some character flaws that bring about Fortunato's own demise?

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Fortunato must be a heavy drinker. This is a character flaw in any person and usually leads to serious troubles. The reader must assume that Fortunato is not drunk just because it is carnival season. He shows too much fondness for wine to be moderate for most of the year and then to go wild for just a few days. He is undoubtedly, as Montresor says, a connoisseur of wines, and no one becomes a connoisseur of wines without drinking a lot of them.

Fortunato considers himself a funny man. That is why he chooses to wear a jester's costume during the carnival. A jester in medieval times was a man who was privileged to play...

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