Fortunato is Fortune's Fool in The Cask of Amontillado Essay
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Fortunato, Fortune's Fool
Who was Fortune's Fool? The answer to that question would be Fortunato. Fortunato is a character in Edgar Allan Poe's short story, "The Cask of Amontillado." Fortunato has wronged Montresor, the narrator of "Cask." The reader can't trust Montresor because he is an unreliable narrator, so the reader can't say for a fact that Fortunato had wronged Montresor. Montresor then seeks revenge on Fortunato. During carnivale season, Fortunato is drinking all types of wine. Montresor knows Fortunato is drunk so he goes to Fortunato and tells him he has Amontillado. Fortunato wants the Amontillado so much, that he is willing to do anything for it, that leads him to his death. Montresor brought Fortunato into the…show more content… But no! Fortunato insists he is fine, saying ?Let us go, nevertheless. The cold is merely nothing. Amontillado! You have been imposed upon. And as for Luchresi, he cannot distinguish Sherry from Amontillado.? This is also a sign he is an alcoholic, inferring he knows far more about the Amontillado than Luchresi. It also shows that he is so drunk, that he is outgoing and excited enough to walk right into his death.
Alcoholism also leads to Fortunato's demise. As Montresor states, "in the matter of old wines he was sincere." Fortunato was an alcoholic. He knew, loved, and had all the wines, except the Amontillado, so when Montresor told Fortunato that he had the Amontillado, Fortunato couldn't resist. At the carnivale, Fortunato was already drunk, so Montresor knew it was the perfect time to avenge Fortunato. Montresor knew that Fortunato was an intelligent man, but Montresor also knew that Fortunato was foolish while he was drunk. Being an alcoholic comes with some consequences: you don?t remember much, drinking a lot makes the person feel drowsy and lazy, and lastly, while you are overly drunk, you don?t know what you are doing. Fortunato was unaware of what Montresor was doing, when drunk, and Montresor was aware that he could kill Fortunato easily when intoxicated. And when Fortunato was getting detoxicated, Montresor gave him more wine, and of course, being the