In The Cast of Amontillado the theme that was developed was questioning Montresor’s motives. Since his face was covered in a black silk mask, it represents not blind justice but more of biased revenge. Fortunato jester’s costume which represents a court-fool, who gets fooled by Montresor’s masked motives.
Fortunato faces the realization that even the carnival season can be violently serious. Montresor choose the setting of the carnival for its abandonment of order. Montresor distorts its merry abandon, turning the carnival on its head. The repeated allusions to the bones of Montresor’s family that line the vaults foreshadow the story’s descent into the underworld.