Plot: Montresor, who feels that he has been slighted by his "friend" Fortunato, lures the drunken man back to the catacombs with the promise of showing him his pipe of vintage amontillado. Fortunato accompanies Montresor back to his cellars, where Montresor supplies him with more wine. While there, Montresor begins to pave his inebriated target into a niche in the wall. The conclusion reveals that his body is still stuck behind that wall some fifty years later.
Setting: This story is set during the carnival season in a Western European country—likely Italy. The narrative begins on the streets, where Montresor and Fortunato bump into each other, and ends in the catacombs of Montresor, where the murder takes place.
Conflict: The conflict of the narrative centers around the alleged offenses that Fortunato has committed against Montresor, for which Montresor plans to kill Fortunato.
Climax: The story climaxes as Montresor finishes paving Fortunato behind the wall while listening to his desperate cries: "For the love of God, Montresor!"
Theme: Themes present within this story include revenge, vigilantism, and taking justice into one's own hands.
Point of view: This story is told from a first person perspective, as Montresor is narrating the story.
Protagonist: The protagonist is the narrator of the tale, Montresor.
Antagonist: The antagonist is the gentleman who slighted him, Fortunato.