The major setting where this takes place is a carnival. "It was about dusk, one evening during the supreme madness of the carnival season, that i encountered my friend". (pg 1) This shows that Montresor had the perfect spot to catch Fortunato because of how dark it was and everyone was in costume so no ne knew who was who.
"You are a rich, respected, admired, beloved; you are happy, as I once was".pg 3. This is showing that Montresor was once never taken as a joke and always liked by everyone. Montresor was a man to be looked up to but because of his actions peoples thoughts changed about him.
There is some sort of.... Decay
Montresor is very determined to seeking his revenge and killing Fortunato. "The noise lasted for several minutes, during which, that i might hearken to it with more satisfaction, I ceased my labors and sat down upon the bones". pg 6
" A huge human foot d'or, in a field azure; the foot crashes a serpant rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel". pg 4 When Montresor is explaining about his numerous family a serpents fangs go into the heel. which is the coat of arms .
"The Montresor's," I replied, "were a great and numerous family". pg 3. Montresor is expressing that his family was once a built together group and always stuck together but many things have changed over the years.
"It was succeeded by a sad voice, which I had difficulty recognizing as that of the noble Fortunato". pg 6 This was showing that Fortunato was realizing what was happening and beginning to sober up.