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E reader due to its heavy focus on the senses emphasizing its reality unlike many of Poe's stories which are aided by the supernatural.. 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 pitShould I sell the rotten stocks or should I keep themShould I speak up or stay uietShould I work for another hour or open a bottle of wineShould I buy the book or save the money though that is not really a choiceShould I let myself be caught by Scylla or CharybdisIf you ask yourself enough uestions you will always end up in Greek mythology as a source at some point won t you And then the uestion is is there an Odyssean way of getting out of the nightmare of two bad choices In Poe s nightmare should I dream on until the bitter end or should I wake up and walk out The worst fear is the feeling of passive choiceless suffering something that Poe s Christian Inuisition theme is much better at evoking than Odysseus whose thrifty approach to finding the third way is famous for a reasonThe third way for me often than not means reading about the fears I face and feeling part of a community that is larger than the pit where I live my life watching the pendulum of my time spent Zooming out watching Poe create an atmosphere of choking anxiety bizarrely soothes me and my nerves As his pit grows darker and deeper mine shrinks to a minor bump in the road and as his pendulum accelerates mine looks like a fork in the pathSo whenever my worrying mind creates that inner choice between nightmares I opt out I choose the third roadShould I worry or despair I take the book not read yet and it will make all the difference

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The Pit and the Pendulum

Ents endured by a prisoner of the Spanish Inuisition The story is especially effective at inspiring Pit and the PDFEPUB #191 fear in th. 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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The Pit and the Pendulum and the MOBI #244 is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe The story centres The Pit PDFEPUBaround the torm. 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 why Christian monks would construct such a room and why Christian monks would inflict such torture I still wrestle with a number of the story s themesSADISMWhy do such a thing The story s torture chamber is not a makeshift construction slapped together rather with its pendulum descending in mathematical precision and its collapsing metal walls turning red hot to assemble such a bizarre intricate room would take sophisticated engineering huge resources and lots of time perhaps years What does such a room say about the Western monastic tradition and the mentality of monksIn The Distant Mirror The Calamitous 14th Century author Barbara W Tuchman richly portrays the psychology of these chaotic disorderly times For example she writes In village games players with hands tied behind them competed to kill a cat nailed to a post by battering it to death with their heads at the risk of cheeks ripped open or eyes scratched out by the frantic animal s claws Trumpets enhanced the excitement Or a pig enclosed in a wide pen was chased by men with clubs to the laughter of spectators as he ran suealing from the blows until beaten lifeless Accustomed in their own lives to physical hardship and injury medieval men and women were not necessarily repelled by the spectacle of pain but rather enjoyed it It may be that the untender medieval infancy produced adults who valued others no than they had been valued in their own formative years Nowadays we have a name for untender infancy child abuse We also have a word for enjoying the spectacle of pain inflicted on others sadism Of course the effects of child abuse and living in a society accepting sadism as the norm would not disappear when men became monks What undoubtedly added fuel to this psychological fire was a religion and theology giving a central place to guilt and sin and thus turning men against their own bodies and specifically again their own sexuality Reaching absolute conclusions about the mindset of peoples living centuries ago can never be an exact science but it doesn t take too much imagination to understand how such a life in such a time would produce a population of dark twisted people Poe s tale takes place in 1820s not the 1350s but how much did the psychology of the monasteries really change in these yearsALTERED STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESSIn the beginning stages of the narrator s ordeal he conveys the following Very suddenly there came back to my soul motion and sound the tumultuous motion of the heart and in my ears the sound of its beating Then a pause in which all is blank Then again sound and motion and touch a tingling sensation pervading my frame Then the mere consciousness of existence without thought a condition which lasted long Teachers within the various yoga and Buddhist traditions talk about the consciousness of existence without thought that is the gap between thoughts In such a gap between thoughts we are given a glimpse of the ground of being pure awareness of space This awareness can be developed through meditation or occasionally experienced through such things as hallucinogens trance or as with the narrator of Poe s tale extreme emotional statesFEARAdding to the fear of actual physical suffering there is the fear we project with our minds and imaginations The narrator s imagination is afire And now as I still continued to step cautiously onward there came thronging upon my recollection a thousand vague rumors of the horrors of Toledo Of the dungeons there had been strange things narrated fables I had always deemed them but yet strange and too ghastly to repeat save in a whisper Was I left to perish of starvation in this subterranean world of darkness or what fate perhaps even fearful awaited me Fear thrives on our projecting into the future whatever pain or agony we are currently experiencing there is always the ever present possibility our plight will become worseHOPE AND GOOD FORTUNEThe narrator is forever hopeful and it s the narrator s hope coupled with his fear and sufferings that gives the tale its emotional depth and breath And as it turns out good fortune or what we commonly call luck follows the narrator at three critical junctures in the tale Oh Fortuna if we could all have such good fortune and luck at critical points in our own lives I call to mind flatness and dampness and then all is madness the madness of a memory which busies itself among forbidden things Edgar Allan Poe The Pit and the Pendulum


10 thoughts on “The Pit and the Pendulum

  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

  2. says:

    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 why Christian monks would construct such a room and why Christian monks would in

  3. says:

    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

  4. says:

    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 wi

  5. says:

    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 approac

  6. says:

    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 he's strapped to a wooden t

  7. says:

    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

  8. says:

    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

  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 environ

  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

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