Pit and the Pendulum

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  • The Pit and the Pendulum by: Edgar Allen Poe
  • Story Board by Kamaria K.
  • This is the beginning of the story when the narrator is partially awake but slipping in and out of consciousness. He has determined he is in a dungeon sentenced to death by the Spanish Inquisitors. To escape death he moves around the cell to see how big it is
  • Symbolism of Pit: While the a pit is a deep hole in the story it also metaphorically represents the fate of going to hell. The narrator is close to nearly falling in the hole, which was a trap the Inquisitors made to torture the narrator. Falling into the pit symbolizes the descent to the underworld.
  • The narrator finds the pit the Inquisitors left as a torture mechanism to kill him, but he carefully escapes from falling into the pit once he throws a rock in to see how deep it is.
  • Symbolism of the Pendulum: The narrator describes a painting of Father Time holding a pendulum and a scythe in his hand on the ceiling of the dungeon. However as the pendulum dangles closer the narrator realizes the pendulum has razor sharp edges. This symbolizes the power the Inquisitors have that is not only and instrument of torture, but also counts off the seconds until death.
  • The last thing the Inquisitors do to torture him is tie him to a wooden table while a razor sharp pendulum descends down toward his body. The narrator rubs the meat on the ropes that bind him down to cause the rats to chew them away. He is then saved by French General Lasalle
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