The Pit And The Pendulum
"The Pit and the Pendulum" is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe and first published in 1842 in the literary annual "The Gift: A Christmas and New Year's Present for 1843". The story is about the torments endured by a prisoner of the Spanish Inquisition, though Poe skews historical facts. The narrator of the story describes his experience of being tortured. The story is especially effective at inspiring fear in the reader because of its heavy focus on the senses, such as sound, emphasizing its reality, unlike many of Poe's stories which are aided by the supernatural. (From Wikipedia)
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The Pit And The Pendulum, Edgar Allan Poe
This story is written from first-person point of view. The narrator, who remains unnamed, is telling of his experience in prison during the Spanish Inquisition. Although he survives his imprisonment, he can not escape the memory of the horrific ordeal.
During this time of swooning, the narrator _____________________.
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Theme is defined as a main idea or an underlying meaning of a literary work that may be stated directly or indirectly. Watch the video to learn more about theme. Can you identify which themes are being explored in this book? (This annotation contains a video)
Why does the narrator believe he measured the pit incorrectly?
Imagery is the use of figurative language to represent objects, actions and ideas in such a way that it appeals to our physical senses. Watch the video to learn more about imagery. (This annotation contains a video)
List two examples of imagery from the highlighted text.