The Pit And The Pendulum By Edgar Allan Poe

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While trapped in a dark and empty dungeon, a single person cannot do much to escape. This is the sad reality for the narrator, who is the main character, in “The Pit and The Pendulum.” However, this situation helps to create an idea of independence and freedom for the reader. These are both very important to our lives on a daily basis. Freedom is something that many people around the world don’t have, but taken for granted in many countries today. Independence is seemingly simple, but can still be a challenge in our lives. In “The Pit and The Pendulum” the author Edgar Allan Poe uses the narrator’s fear, loneliness and his actions to emphasize the importance of freedom and independence.
During “The Pit and The Pendulum” uses the narrator’s fear to show the importance of freedom. When the narrator was stuck in the dungeon in paragraph 5, he said that “The intensity of the darkness seemed to oppress and stifle me.” This quote perfect example of how being trapped, or lacking freedom, causes fear for the narrator. If the narrator wasn’t scared of being trapped in this environment, it would not create any suspense within the story for the reader. In many stories, the characters, or character being in a state of fear often makes the reader question what they are fearful of. In this case, it is the lack of freedom that creates the fear for the narrator. By creating this fear, Poe emphasizes the importance of freedom to the reader, and shows how scary it can be without it.
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