How does Poe add tension to "The Pit and the Pendulum?" Use text examples to support your analysis.
One way that Poe is able to build tension in the "Pit in the Pendulum" is by making the narrator of the story the victim and protagonist of the story. It's written in first person, so the reader only knows as much as the narrator. Sadly, the narrator, and by consequence the reader, knows very little. The vagueness and absence of detail is done by having the narrator swooning in and out of a stable state of mind. For example, one minute he sees candles, the next he sees angels, and then everything fades out again.
And then my vision fell upon the seven tall candles upon the table. At first they wore the aspect of charity, and seemed white slender angels who would save me; but then, all at once, there came a most deadly nausea over my spirit, and I felt every fibre in my frame thrill as if I had touched the wire of a galvanic battery, while the angel forms became meaningless spectres, with heads of flame, and I saw that from them there would be no help.
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