The pit and the pendulum

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Down in the Pit

"The Pit and the Pendulum" by Edger Allan Poe is a thrilling story about life in a dark pit or cell. This story shows that life isn't always great and the only thing that can save man from hell is god. The setting, irony, and point of view help express the theme.

Down in the pit for only believing in his own faith. I was sick unto death with that long agony; and when they at unbound me, and I was permitted to sit, I felt that my senses were leaving me (168). Sick from the dirty and disgusting living quarters he could only think about death. He was now going insane from the torture and the thought of death. I felt that I lay upon my back, unbound (170). After sleeping a long time and not knowing why he was he could move freely, he began to wonder.

With his eyes still shut he began to get up the courage to open his eyes, but to his worst thoughts nothing but blackness. All of this for living life the way he had wanted.

The cell has more to it than expected. My outstretched hands at length encountered some solid obstruction (170). After getting up enough courage, he got up a started to try and find a wall. Much to his relief one was found without injury. He just had to know how big it was. I tore a part of the hem from the robe and placed the fragment at full length, and at right angles to the wall (171). Hoping to make his way around the whole cellar and back to the part of his robe, he set off. With the ground being moist and slippery, each step had to be places every...