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  • The Pit and the Pendulum
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • English
  • 06 May 2019
  • 9780146000119

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  1. says:

    ”The entire surface of this metallic enclosure was rudely daubed in all the hideous and repulsive devices to which the charnel superstition of the monks has given rise The figures of fiends in aspects of menace with skeleton forms and other really fearful images overspread and disfigured the walls” Simply superb illustration by Harry Clarke Our nameless narrator has been condemned by a panel of black robed white l

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    At age twelve I was given my first introduction to the world of literature by my mother who read me Poe’s The Pit and the Pendulum I can still vividly recollect living through the horrors of the chamber with the unnamed narrator wondering wh

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    A classic of sensational horror The Pit and the Pendulum is also for me one of the Poe stories that most closely resembles and certainly influences later writers such as Franz Kafka Here we have several Kafka like elements a judgment pronounced by distant stern inhuman judges with no sense of what crime if any may have been committed and then a devious punishment that gets devious as time goes on The narrator is also utterly alone in the w

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    As the doorbell rings nearly incessantly and the frigid air seeps into my living room I am all tucked up in a corner of the couch with my fluffy blanket a glass of The Velvet Devil Merlot and a book of tales from the master of horror Edgar Allan Poe I'm leaving the job of distributing candy to the hubby while my teen son oversees the execution of his annual Halloween light and music show which grows increasi

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    WHAT DO YOU MEAN MR POE?? Time conuers all; it is an inescapable fate for all men it cannot be defeated or avoided It’s a powerful unshakable enemy and a recurring theme across many of Poe’s stories I’ve seen it a few times now This time it is a tormenter and a reminder of the incoming doom in the dark pit that is death This is represented by the pendulum sweeping like a minute hand getting faster and faster as it approaches the narr

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    Book Review 3 of 5 stars to The Pit and the Pendulum a short story written in 1842 by Edgar Allan Poe As in the tradition of Poe's other Gothic and gory tales this one takes the fear of death to new heights Poe tells the story of a man facing punishment during the Spanish Inuisition a death like no other At first

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    The Pit and the Pendulum published in 1842 is one of Poe's most famous tales of horror It does not have a supernatural element but relies on evoking fear in the reader because of its heavy emphasis on sensations view spoilerfor instance the airlessness of the cell the dim or nonexistent lighting the hissing of the blade the heat of the walls hide spoiler

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    The Pit and the Pendulum 375 stars In this 1842 short story by Edgar Allen Poe an unnamed prisoner details the ghastly and elaborate tortures he endures at the hands of the Spanish Inuisition He begins with his sentencing by black

  9. says:

    If you see Poe's pit and pendulum as metaphors for the psychological state of being trapped between two bad choices it makes sense in much less dramatic situations than the one he chose Should I stay in an environment that is toxic or jump into the unknown pit?Should I sell the rotten stocks or should I keep them?Should I speak u

  10. says:

    What makes this one a bit hair raising is its radical two point climax curve The guy nearly dies at the pit then nearly dies at the pendulum

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The Pit and the Pendulum

The Pit and the Pendulum is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe The story centres around the torments endured. A classic of sensational horror The Pit and the Pendulum is also for me one of the Poe stories that most closely resembles and certainly influences later writers such as Franz Kafka Here we have several Kafka like elements a judgment pronounced by distant stern inhuman judges with no sense of what crime if any may have been committed and then a devious punishment that gets devious as time goes on The narrator is also utterly alone in the world save the hungry rats and this loneliness allows him to reflect uite elouently on his own dream like consciousness At the same time Poe maintains a frenzied intensity that literally kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time Amazing how much he packs into so few pages

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By a prisoner of the Spanish Inuisition The story is especially effective at inspiring fear in the reader due to it. WHAT DO YOU MEAN MR POE Time conuers all it is an inescapable fate for all men it cannot be defeated or avoided It s a powerful unshakable enemy and a recurring theme across many of Poe s stories I ve seen it a few times now This time it is a tormenter and a reminder of the incoming doom in the dark pit that is death This is represented by the pendulum sweeping like a minute hand getting faster and faster as it approaches the narrator it symbolises that death will be the end of all man s time it will approach all I could have clasped the red walls to my bosom as a garment of eternal peace Death I said any death but that of the pit Fool might I have not known that into the pit it was the object of the burning iron to urge me However despite the cryptic metaphors the complex imagery and fatalistic symbolism the short story isn t as simple as that There s also a political message alluding to Napoleon s rule Poe conveys time descending between two events The first is the narrator being forced to sit with entities that embody the dreamy idea of the French rule and its fanciful progress This is clearly a sarcastic suggestion towards beliefs that rarely work in action The alleviation of the torment time s arching progress the second event occurs when the narrator is saved by General Lasalles For those of you that don t know the general was a prominent commander under the command of Napoleon Napoleon effectively ended the Revolution and the Spanish Inuisition So the story becomes a little murky here The narrator was in a hopeless situation one that appears to be his ending But he is then rescued by a brave French general So what does this suggest Perhaps the time in the pit is a suggestion of the dark time that occurred during the Revolution before Napoleon ended it It was dark hopeless and completely out of control Perhaps the narrator being saved is a possible suggestion of the hopes liberal thinkers had towards Napoleon s rule Most of the early Romantic poets supported him Wordsworth and Blake included Or perhaps it s a suggestion that darkness is symbiotic with a corrupt French rule It s hard to say I can t make a solid interpretation of it I find that the political allusions complicate the story I find myself trying to discover their meaning when I should perhaps be focusing on the elements of torture and anxiety created by the narrator s experience This is a beautifully written story Poe is the master he is the undisputable euivocal paramount evoker of the sublime the grotesue and the picturesue This story is superb but I just can t form a solid impression of it I cannot constitute what the political allusion means And it s bugging me so much Perhaps I should go and read it for a fifth time I don t think I ll get my answers though the agony of my soul found vent in one loud long and final scream of despair This is your usual Poe a wonderfully dark situation accentuated by exuisite writing I just wish I could make an interpretation of it

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S heavy focus on the senses emphasizing its reality unlike many of Poe's stories which are aided by the supernatura. The Pit and the Pendulum 375 stars In this 1842 short story by Edgar Allen Poe an unnamed prisoner details the ghastly and elaborate tortures he endures at the hands of the Spanish Inuisition He begins with his sentencing by black robed judges a nightmarish seuence of images that culminates in his loss of consciousness When he awakes he s in a pitch dark room free to move about but unable to see a thing And there his true tortures beginPoe despite a supreme disregard for any historical accuracy has created a compelling tale of both physical and psychological horror The oppressive atmosphere of the tomb like room the decayed fungus smell of the pit the glittering death of the razor sharp pendulum the cold lips of enormous red eyed rats seeking the lips of the prisoner YES the descriptions Poe uses are vivid engaging all of the reader s sensesEven though the story is completely fanciful from a factual point of view as an examination of the psychological effects of imprisonment and torture it s very effective The story is heavier on atmosphere than plot but it still makes for compelling readingYou can read The Pit and the Pendulum online or download it many places including here at Project GutenbergBonus an English translation of the Latin epigram at the beginning of the storyHere an unholy mob of torturers with an insatiable thirst for innocent blood once fed their long frenzy Now our homeland is safe the funereal cave destroyed and life and health appear where dreadful death once wasJust for fun here are some of the historical inaccuracies in this story spoilers ahoy There s no evidence that the Spanish inuisitors used such elaborate and unlikely means of torture as are described in this story They favored the rack water torture and the strappado hanging the victim from the ceiling by his wrists which were tied behind the back At least if Wikipedia is to be believed I claim no independent knowledge or research here Also torture was used before the trial to obtain a confession not as a method of punishment or death The prisoner is rescued by General Lasalle of Napoleon s army This means the story is set in the early 1800s centuries after the Spanish Inuisition was at its height Lasalle wasn t actually in command of the French army in Toledo Spain So he wouldn t have been around to play deus ex machina for our prisoner in that city


About the Author: Edgar Allan Poe

The name Poe brings to mind images of murderers and madmen premature burials and mysterious women who return from the dead His works have been in print since 1827 and include such literary classics as The Tell Tale Heart The Raven and The Fall of the House of Usher This versatile writer’s oeuvre includes short stories poetry a novel a textbook a book of scientific theory and hundreds of