Theme: Alcohol is a gateway to disaster, as excessive amounts of it leave its user too vulnerable and illogical for them to make any right decision.
Setting #1 At a Mardi Gras party - everyone is festive and happy. They are also drinking. Fortunato’s weakness, as stated in the story, is alcohol. Although the festival is happy and fun, there is a darker side to the alcohol use that comes with it. “It was about dusk, one evening when during the supreme madness of the carnival season, that I encountered my friend.” Montresor even narrates the story in a nice and welcoming way.
Setting #2 In an underground catacomb - dark, creepy, and suspenseful. Lets the reader know that something bad is going to happen. “The wine sparkled in his eyes and the bells jingled. My own fancy grew warm with the Medoc. We had passed through long walls of piled skeletons, with casks and puncheons intermingling, into the inmost recesses of the catacombs.” Fortunato still feels elated and as if this whole event is yet another way for him to prove his expertise in wine.
Okay bro, let's go downstairs and get a drink of alcohol. You will be fine. It won't make you feel sick.
I don't know buddy, I don't think this is a good idea. But you said it won't make me feel sick, so I guess I will have some alcohol.
Time to drink! You Will take first sip. I want to make sure you are going to be okay since you have not drank before.
Okay, I'm ready! Man! That stuff is really good. Can you give me some more please.
I'm feeling a little dizzy and I might throw-up. Yes, that is a good idea. I will drive home. I don't want to bother you becuase im sick.
Hey bro, How are you feeling? I think you should drive home if you are not feeling well.