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By a prisoner of the Spanish Inuisition The story is especially effective at inspiring fear in the reader due to it. 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 table while a pendulum swings from above with a saw getting lower and lower until it s nearly about to start ripping into his flesh But the victim finds a way out in a somewhat ingenious manner But when he s saved he falls into the pit as the walls begin to close in on him Once again before he perishes he is saved when the Inuisition is overOn the outskirts it s just a Gothic tale of a man afraid to die Two horrific options nearly take his life all the way messing with this mental state Neither are a uick and painless death Both will shock his body and render his mind afraid of life in a permanent state just as he enters the after life Poe s saying a lot here than what you read upon an initial viewing of this story As expected the story takes you on the ride of your life It s a careful executed imagination that can find the right words and the perfect background to constantly jiggle the paranoia we all feel at some point in our livesCertainly not the best of his short stories it is a good one something all beginning thriller fans should read About Me For those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the whowhatwhenwhere and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by

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The Pit and the Pendulum

The Pit and the Pendulum is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe The story centres around the torments endured. 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 by distant stern inhuman judges with no sense of what crime if any may have been committed and then a devious punishment that gets devious as time goes on The narrator is also utterly alone in the world save the hungry rats and this loneliness allows him to reflect uite elouently on his own dream like consciousness At the same time Poe maintains a frenzied intensity that literally kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time Amazing how much he packs into so few pages

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S heavy focus on the senses emphasizing its reality unlike many of Poe's stories which are aided by the supernatura. 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 endures at the hands of the Spanish Inuisition He begins with his sentencing by black robed judges a nightmarish seuence of images that culminates in his loss of consciousness When he awakes he s in a pitch dark room free to move about but unable to see a thing And there his true tortures beginPoe despite a supreme disregard for any historical accuracy has created a compelling tale of both physical and psychological horror The oppressive atmosphere of the tomb like room the decayed fungus smell of the pit the glittering death of the razor sharp pendulum the cold lips of enormous red eyed rats seeking the lips of the prisoner YES the descriptions Poe uses are vivid engaging all of the reader s sensesEven though the story is completely fanciful from a factual point of view as an examination of the psychological effects of imprisonment and torture it s very effective The story is heavier on atmosphere than plot but it still makes for compelling readingYou can read The Pit and the Pendulum online or download it many places including here at Project GutenbergBonus an English translation of the Latin epigram at the beginning of the storyHere an unholy mob of torturers with an insatiable thirst for innocent blood once fed their long frenzy Now our homeland is safe the funereal cave destroyed and life and health appear where dreadful death once wasJust for fun here are some of the historical inaccuracies in this story spoilers ahoy There s no evidence that the Spanish inuisitors used such elaborate and unlikely means of torture as are described in this story They favored the rack water torture and the strappado hanging the victim from the ceiling by his wrists which were tied behind the back At least if Wikipedia is to be believed I claim no independent knowledge or research here Also torture was used before the trial to obtain a confession not as a method of punishment or death The prisoner is rescued by General Lasalle of Napoleon s army This means the story is set in the early 1800s centuries after the Spanish Inuisition was at its height Lasalle wasn t actually in command of the French army in Toledo Spain So he wouldn t have been around to play deus ex machina for our prisoner in that city


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 whi

  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 P

  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 element

  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 with my fluffy blanket a glass of The Velvet Devil Merlot and a book of tales from the master of horror Edgar Allan Poe I'm leaving the job of distributing candy to the hubby while my teen son oversees the execu

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    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 fa

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    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 fir

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    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 a

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    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 endures at the hands of the Spanish Inuisition He begins with his sentencing by black robed judges a nightmarish seuence of images that culminates in his loss of consciousness Wh

  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 environment that is toxic or jump into the unknown pit?Should I sell the rotten stocks or should I keep them?Should I speak up or stay uiet?Should I work for another hour or open a bottle of wine?Should I buy the bo

  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 n

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