Theme: Fear could also lead to bravery, so never give up hope.
On page one, the narrator tells the reader, "The sentence- that dread sentence of death- was the last distinct word that reached my ears." This proves to never give up hope, because as he trudges on through his torture chamber, his will to live only increases his hope of survival. But, of course as time passes on, he soon begins to lose hope.
On page three, the narrator tells the reader, "With the particles of oily and spicy meat which remained, I thoroughly rubbed the bandage wherever I could reach it." This proves that the main character obtained bravery from his fear, by the strong will to live. This will to live, drove him to save himself from the dangers within the torture chamber by smudging the meat he received against the fabrics for the rats to eat his bindings away.