Why! Oh Why must I have no friends! Darn You Fortunato!
Emotions Run High Fortunato is passionate in achieving his goals
This tastes almost like sherry! No! its Amontillado!
"within the wall thus exposed by the displacing of the bones, we perceived a still interior crypt or recess ... for no special use... during the supreme madness of carnival season."(5) The text is quoted as describing the setting and atmosphere to take place in crypt or underground graveyard called a catacomb, during carnival season.
Foreboding Ominous implications precede dark events
"You are admired, you are beloved, you are happy, ...as I was once"(3). " For the love of god Montressor!"(6). The story helps us identify the main character as a man named Montressor, who has no fame, respect, or friends, despite him being wealthy. He feels isolated because of the antagonist, Fortunado, who is respected and feared.
Decay A formerly great family, community, country, or individual who has peaked and begins a slow process of decline.
"He(fortunato) prided himself on his connoisseurship in wine"(1). This quote introduces the idea of Fortunato's extreme pride in his knowledge of wine. This idea continues on when Fortunato still follows the protagonist, Montressor, even though they travel through catacombs, or underground cemetery, and Montressor showing off a trowel, even though he shouldn't have it because they are going to taste wine.
Supernatural Unexplained Manifestations
"I forget your arms... A huge human foot d'or... crushes a serpent whose fangs are imbedded in the heel"(4). As Montressor describes his coat of arms to Fortunato, we realize his coat of arms is eerily similar to the events that happen later in the story. Montressor represents the foot, crushing, or killing the serpent, who represents Fortunato.
No one attacks me without impunity...
In Pace Requiescat Brother, Mother, father, Uncle Aunt, Grandfather, Grandmother, and Step Sister!
"The Montresors... were a great and numerous family." When walking deeper through the catacombs, Fortunato points out how long the hallway is. Montresor explains how large and great his family used to be. However they have begun a slow process of decline, leaving the protagonist as one of the last of his family.
"...a low moaning cry from the depth of the recess. It was not the cry of a drunken man."(6). This quote is found when Montresor is sealing of the room where Fortunato is chained in. The Narrator explains multiple times how drunk Fortunato is, yet here he is aware and sober when he shouldnt be. It is unnatural to be roaring drunk< and suddenly become sober.