The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe

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Explain the dark romanticism in "The Pit and the Pendulum." Elaborate on the torture devices in "The Pit and the Pendulum."

Explain the dark romanticism in "The Pit and the Pendulum."

Elaborate on the torture devices in "The Pit and the Pendulum."

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Edgar Allan Poe was a Dark Romantic writer who wanted to leave behind what was rational and tangible in the world to discover the unsettling truth that lies in the dark, irrational depths of the human mind. In the short story entitled "The Pit and the Pendulum," there is an emphasis on punishment, horror, darkness, and the psychological effects of uncontrollable irrationality and fear, the inscrutable, and evil as a destructive force.

The narrator has been condemned by the Spanish Inquisition, and he finds himself in variable states of consciousness, declaring that he is "sick—sick unto death with that long agony." He also seems hallucinatory as he describes the inquisitional voices as a "dreamy indeterminate hum." He first imagines "angel forms" that later become "meaningless specters with heads of flame" as he has a transcendent experience. Further, he slips in and out of consciousness, and as he recovers somewhat, he senses that walls enclose him. Having put a piece of his robe at...

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