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In a short story, the plot needs a main or central character, called the protagonist (the narrator here), but the protagonist needs someone to oppose, the antagonist. Who or what is the antagonist in this story?

A Fortunato.

Whom does the narrator oppose: the antagonist? The answer is clearly Fortunato, who is responsible for the “thousand injuries” the narrator has borne. None of the other answers is an antagonist. Answer (Motley) is simply a description of his brightly colored outfit. Answer (Luchesi) is a harmless character whose name is used to infuriate Fortunato. Answer (Amontillado), Amontillado, is important to the action, but it’s still just the wine.

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