Of course; usually the antagonist is often the nuisance. Subtle indications are strewn throughout the story that suggest otherwise. And the possibility Montresor forgets his reasoning for killing Fortunato is slim, but that could be the case. Most of the story takes place deep in the Montresor family catacombs. It is only after several readings that the symbols begin to be clear. Poe called this the unity of effect. Poe uses certain elements to convey an emotional impact.
Montresor has enacted his revenge. He prided himself on his connoisseurship in wine. Deceitfulness, trickery, lies, etcetera all bring about a negative outcome to the matter. The narrative style of this story is important because it sets the tone of the story. The Cask of Amontillado is a carefully crafted short story. Hidden in plain sight, the bear is clueless and continues to saunter. The narrator clearly knows about the stubborn nature of Fortunato, and is positive that his pride would not allow him to retreat.
He chains Fortunato to the wall and seals him in alive. The sinister narrator seeks his vengeance in support of this principle A further manifestation of symbolism is the vaults in the end of the catacombs piled with skeletons. The theme is when someone is unable to overlook minor infractions; it can turn into deep hatred. In this image the foot is symbolic of Montresor and the serpent of Fortunato. The writer is trying to explain what revenge might lead to.
Irony is a word with many meanings aside from what we often think of as irony. In only a few minutes, it will be seen that Montresor is indeed a superb mason. That secret characteristic is guilt, guilt for wanting to kill Fortunato. The first person narration results in an unbalanced viewpoint on the central conflict of the story, man versus man, because the reader knows very little about the thoughts of the antagonist, Fortunato. Thus, both the motto and the coat of arms imply that the entire Montresor family history is filled with acts of revenge. This is, of course, a double irony since the trowel is not only an instrument used by real masons bricklayers, stone masons, etc. All of the problems are solved; all loose ends are tied.
Of course, Fortunato is intentionally buried alive, not accidentally. Hearing this Fortunato exclaims that his rival would know Amontillado for Sherry and hastens to taste the wine. It had been fifty years since he was here last and under completely different circumstances. Furthermore, it conforms to and illustrates perfectly many of Poe's literary theories about the nature of the short story: that is, it is short and can be read at one sitting, it is a mood piece with every sentence contributing to the total effect, it is a completely unified work and while it is seemingly simple, it abounds in ironies of many kinds. The very name Fortunato would clearly imply that this is a man of good fortune, when the actual case is that he is about to suffer a mostly untimely demise: the end of his life. He tells the story with no emotion, explanation or no guilt. Montresor seems to relish screaming at his victim after having made certain Fortunato has not escaped.
From there, they see a recessed area, about four feet deep, three feet wide, and seven feet high. Withdrawing the key I stepped back from the recess. Fortunato apparently considers Luchesi a competitor and claims that this man could not tell Amontillado from other types of sherry. The story starts off with the murderer telling what he did with satisfaction. The bones of the catacombs had begun to rattle themselves lose form the wall. He lures Fortunato into the catacombs of his home to carry out his plans to kill Fortunato.
The story contains very strong and drastic images. I laid the second tier, and the third, and the fourth; and then I heard the furious vibrations of the chain. Fortunato continues with the plan in going to the carnival. Basically, Fortunato wasastonished at Montressor's catacombs and such and while he was in awe, Montressor pushed him to the ground and chained him to a wall. The skillful use of these devices are utilized by the author to create this horrific and suspenseful masterpiece. However, this magnificent bear is not perfect and has his flaws.
As they passed deeper into the vaults, the nitre caused Fortunato to cough constantly, but he was drunkenly determined to continue. In an instant he had reached the extremity of the niche, and finding his progress arrested by the rock, stood stupidly bewildered. Montresor feeling a lack of virility; resorted to murder to feel influential again, without hesitation to his deed. The use of similes, metaphors, personification, and onomatopoeia are abundant in this Poe short story. Montressor is also dressed according to his character. This characterization also symbolizes his character because his arrogance and ego are what cause him to be foolishly misled by Montressor to his death. The reason this is so important in this particular story, is because when a sane killer, Montresor, is allowed to tell the story from his point of view, the reader gets a unique, disturbing look into the calmness of his mind.