''The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne... he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge.''
Rising Acton One
"Come, let us go."
''I have received a pipe of what passes for Amontillado.''
Rising Action two
"Ugh! ugh! ugh!
"Drink," I said, presenting him the wine.
The narrator (Montressor) plans to punish the antagonist (Fortunato). Montressor has a sophisticated plan to which includes him not getting caught. He uses the setting as he advantage, 17th century Italy burning Carnival season.
Yes," I said, "let us be gone."
Let us be gone."
Montressor manipulates Fortunato into following him into a vault. He uses reverse physiology to lure him to his what we later know is to his death. This symbolic because Montressor outfit for carnival is the Grim Reaper symbolizing death. The element of irony is Fortunato name translating to English means fortunate one and we know he is lured to death.
Montressor and Fortunato are headed deeper and deeper into the catacombs. Montressor continues to give Fortunato wine further intoxicating him. The niter on the walls is making Fortunato more ill, affecting his breathing. The irony is Fortunato claims he will not die from a cough but, in reality he does. The element of symbolism is Montressor code of arms which is a ""A huge human foot d'or, in a field azure the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel."
"No one has found Fortunato for 50 years."
Montressor pushes Fortunato into the niche. He proceeds to chain him to the niter covered wall. Fortunato sobers up and realizes his fate.
Fortunato yells at Montressor when he realizes he is going to die.Fortunato passed way due to the niter affecting his breathing, ultimately suffocating. Montressor is hesitant, he gives Fortunato a last look before placing the last block. The irony is the bells Fortunato is wearing jingling, showing he is a fool.
In the end, Montressor leaves Fortunato in the catacombs, where he probably dies. It has been 50 years since the death of Fortunato. Montressor confesses and states "For the half of a century no mortal has disturbed them. In pace requiescat!" The the theme of the story is the need for revenge is a strong motivator. The internal conflict is the guilty burden Montressor carries of murdern.