Poe distinguishes between psychological and physical agonies. Give two examples of each agony.

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In "The Pit and the Pendulum," as the narrator realizes he has nearly plunged into the pit, he contemplates the fact that the Inquisition either kills people with the "direst physical agonies" or prolongs death by exposing the sentenced person to the "most hideous moral horrors." Both types of death are possible for the narrator within the torture chamber.

The physical agonies that could kill him include the pit and the pendulum . The pit represents more than just a plunge to one's death. Hundreds of rats live in the pit, and if one were to fall into it and reach the bottom or some ledge without being killed by the impact, then the rats would swarm over the person and eventually eat him...

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