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The Pit and the Pendulum

The Pit and the Pendulum


by Edgar Allan Poe

The Pit and the Pendulum: Themes (For the Most Part) Quiz Quiz

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Q. Obviously the pit and pendulum strike fear into the narrator—but what else does?

The dark
Q. When are the narrator’s best thoughts formed?

When he’s the most afraid
In the dark
When he’s drunk
In the in-between state between consciousness and unconsciousness
Q. No one dies in this story, so how is it about death?

Poe makes us ponder death
The narrator wants to die
The narrator is homicidal
Everyone is actually dead
Q. Why can’t the narrator figure out the shape of the room in the dark?

There is no definite shape
There are no walls
It is meant to disorient the narrator
Because he dies first
Q. What do the candles remind the narrator of?

Burning at the stake
Burning off his fingerprints