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What point of view was the story told in?In Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum."

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vanity | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 28, 2009 at 11:15 PM via web

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What point of view was the story told in?

In Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum."

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parkerlee | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted January 29, 2009 at 12:13 AM (Answer #1)

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This story is told from the first person limited point of view.  The narrator is a prisoner being held in captivity during the Spanish Inquisition until conquering soldiers come and rescue him.

The fact that the narrator doesn't know much about his surroundings while in the pit and has to grope around to "visualize" his situation increases the sense of horror (especially when he almost falls into the pit unaware).

Check out the following references for more details concerning Poe's use of point of view in this particular short story to create effect.

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alexkxela | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 16, 2009 at 11:16 AM (Answer #2)

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The story is told in first person. Because it is first person and we have to follow the narrator we know the same amount about his surroundings as he does. We learn things when he learns them, see things when he sees them, and feel his emotions when he feels them. 

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