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Please explain some of the symbolism in "The Pit and the Pendulum."

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clem8 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 1, 2007 at 9:00 AM via web

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Please explain some of the symbolism in "The Pit and the Pendulum."

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teacherscribe | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted November 1, 2007 at 10:36 AM (Answer #1)

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This story is full of symbolism.  One could view the entire story as one man's descent into hell (the pit functions as a symbol obviously), then his progression into purgatory (the pendulum serving as a way to pass time or work off his sins), and then finally his ascension into heaven (the French soldiers freeing him symbolic of heaven by the sudden light shining into the gloom and the sound of horns heralding his release).

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dawson8003 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 22, 2009 at 1:42 AM (Answer #2)

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I have to do a research paper on the different sides of darkness explored by edger allen poe, but im having a hard time. What am I not understanding?

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