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The Pit and the Pendulum Quotes by Edgar Allan Poe

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December RSS Feed. Darkness and darkness surrounded a man waiting for his fate. The time came and his perilous death sentence had been guaranteed, until the last moment, a rescue had arrived. This story captivates readers by the type of language Poe conveys through this narration. Thus, causing the interesting storyline by simply using literary devices.

The story is about the torments endured by a prisoner of the Spanish Inquisition , though Poe skews historical facts. The narrator of the story describes his experience of being tortured. The story is especially effective at inspiring fear in the reader because of its heavy focus on the senses, such as sound, emphasizing its reality, unlike many of Poe's stories which are aided by the supernatural. The traditional elements established in popular horror tales at the time are followed, but critical reception has been mixed. The tale has been adapted to film several times. The unnamed narrator is brought to trial before sinister judges of the Spanish Inquisition.

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As Poe repeatedly maintained in his critical views, the most successful story occurs when the author decides what effect or effects he wants to achieve and then decides what techniques to use to achieve that effect. In "The Pit and the Pendulum," Poe apparently had in mind the effects of unrelieved torture and suspense. The story begins with the trial of the narrator, as he sits before seven very severe judges; he is "sick — sick unto death," because the judges have an "immoveable resolution — of stern contempt of human torture. After swooning, the narrator awakens in total darkness; before opening his eyes, he imagines the horrors that await him. At last, his worse fears are confirmed: "The blackness of eternal night encompassed me.

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