The Pit And The Pendulum By Edgar Allan Poe

2721 WordsMar 13, 201511 Pages
Edgar Allan poe was a master at suspense, symbolism, and imagery. His special set of skills were evident in all his stories and truly make readers think about life and death. These are common themes throughout his stories and novels. Perhaps his stories are actually a reflection of his hard life and all the death he has faced himself.It seemed that throught Poe’s life he was dealing with the death of his loved ones very often and only had short periods of depressing grief between each one. The themes of life and death, and existence and consciousness are the ones to which he seemed to use most, and can all be seen in one of his most famous short stories, “The Pit and the Pendulum”. This is a renowned story that truly reflects on the type of writer poe really was and also shows what a master of horror and suspense he was. The theme of Life, Existence and consciousness in “The pit and the Pendulum” is a major reason that causes readers to reflect on his story. In this story we see a man caught in the midst of the Spanish Inquisition get sentenced to death by torture, but survives (surprisingly for one of Poe’s stories), which perhaps, creates a moral lesson too. It was not common, in Poe’s stories, that there was a lack of death or a sad ending, which makes this story stand out more than the others. In “The Pit and the Pendulum”, Edgar Allan Poe uses a selected group of literary devices, to which make this such a successful story. Poe, obviously seen from the story, writes
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