Like many stories written by Edgar Allan Poe, “The Pit and the Pendulum” creates an eerie atmosphere with an unknown character. This story focuses mainly on the distinct detail on the surroundings that seem to enhance the senses due to the character’s current state of blindness in the present environment. With little information presented of the character’s reason in being there, the experience seems to be the main focus of this short story. “Poe places the narrator of “The Pit and the Pendulum” in just such a crucible of painful sensations, which force him to grapple with an ultimate state of horror.” (Kent Ljungquist) As stated in an analysis by Kent Ljungquist Poe does place the narrator in this threshold of fear ,but interesting enough in this story compared to his other works seems to revolve around the sense of hope.
The story begins with the main character’s apprehension having already taken place. The entities that apprehend this character are unknown and are not labeled. “I WAS sick -- sick unto death with that long agony; and when they at length unbound me, and I was permitted to sit, I felt that my senses were leaving me. The sentence -- the dread sentence of death was the last distinct accentuation which reached my ears.”(The Story) With this text you can conclude that the narrator was already previously harmed by his captivators and was sat down for his sentence. The only information given on the background of these characters is referred with the Inquisition, which was an event in the fifteenth and sixteenth century in Spain where the institution of the Catholic government persecuted all Protestants and heretical Catholics. The unidentified narrator questioned by these robed men. The narr...
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...tor is saved by the French army and personally by General Lasalle. Narrating in the past tense since the beginning shows the possible outcome of the future, that everything had already passed and was over with.
As said by Michael Cummings, ‘Poe carefully makes every word, every phrase, every sentence in the story contribute to the overall effect, horror, accompanied by oppressing morbidity and anxious anticipation of terrifying events.” (Michael Cummings) Poe uses distinct characteristics and traits used in the story to put this whole effect of horror and sense of anticipation with what it adds up to at the end. Through the terrifying events the narrator is put in a feeling of sympathy is given to him and an opposite feeling of hate is given to the Inquisitors even though no evidence is given as to what the narrator may have done is given to receive this punishment.
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