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who is the protagonist/antagonist who are the protagonist/antagonist of this story?

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There is some debate about Montresor's being the protagonist since he is

  1. an unreliable narrator who alludes to "a thousand injuries"; however,these unnamed injuries may only be such because of Montresor's point of view.
  2. vindicative in his punishment, which far exceeds what may have been done to Montresor.
  3. a murderer.

Suffering at the hands of Montresor, Fortunato may well be the protagonist.

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I have to agree with the previous posts. Montressor is the protagonist, whether the reader agrees with his motives or state of mind or not. Fortunato is his enemy, effectively making him the antagonist.

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I agree that we often look for the good guy and label him/her the protagonist.  In truth,...

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for me, I think is Montressor