The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe Essay

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In Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Pit and the Pendulum,” written 1843, and “using the anguish of imminent death as the means of causing the nerves to quiver” (Edgar Allan Poe, 2015), he takes the reader into the mind of a man who is tortured by various means by some unknown person or persons for reasons that are not given. The themes of death and time are portrayed strongly in this story and produce a sense of anxiety and uncertainty. “The first- person narration, in which the ‘I’ remains unnamed, causes the reader to identify with the protagonist” (Myers 1922). I feel that the narrator remains unnamed for the reason of not giving information that would further distract the reader from the details and emotions of the pit itself,…show more content…
During his sentencing the narrator seems to be in a drowsy state possibly from being drugged or just from being tired and feeling his fate is out of his control. As the narrator dozes but believes that he is still in some state of consciousness, he has feelings of being transported down or is descending into a horrible place during his loss of attention. When the narrator says, “Very suddenly there came back to my soul motion and sound-the tumultuous motion of the heart, and, in my ears, the sound of its beating,” I feel that this invokes a sense of wellbeing in every reader (Poe 247). This expression, a reader can also paint a perfect picture of. When for instance I lay in bed when all is quiet, I can hear and even feel the never ending beat of my heart and it can be a great overwhelming feeling of knowing that I am alive, am living for a reason maybe not yet known. As the narrator awakens he does not open his eyes for fear of what he might or might not see. The attention to detail that Poe gives the reader about how the narrator tries to understand his new surroundings brings the reader into the exact setting of the narrator, what he physically feels and what emotions that he is feeling. As the narrator tries to familiarize himself in his new surroundings, almost methodically he first uses his sense of touch confirming some ideas that he has about his whereabouts. This is exactly how I would try to discover my new
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