The, The Pit And The Pendulum By Edgar Allan Poe

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Throughout the semester, the class has read various stories from a variety of authors. We have witnessed through our analyses the detail that the writers have used; Edgar Allan Poe, author of “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” (1845) and “The Pit and the Pendulum” (1842) used grotesque and fearsome imagery, as well as setting, to go in depth to give the readers the illusion of actually being there. Although these two stories are unalike, they share the theory of dread because of their disturbing and frightening qualities. “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” is about a man near death who is hypnotized and examined over a period of seven months. During this mesmerism experiment, the main character, M. Valdemar, is in a zombie-like state where he is neither living nor dead. He is asked several questions by the narrator only known as P. Once the examination is complete, they are shocked to see what becomes of M. Valdemar. We are introduced to the gruesome imagery from the very beginning when P. walks into M. Valdemar’s room. He describes the physical features of the dying man in detail. One of which is an in depth description of his face where he says “the emaciation was so extreme, that the skin had been broken through by the cheek-bones.” (Poe, 1). Throughout the story, the imagery becomes more and more grotesque. When the experiment has gone on for several months the narrator describes Valdemar’s decaying eyeball in a way that makes you sick and dreading what is to
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