The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe

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Sensory imagery examples in "The Pit and the Pendulum."

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Edgar Allan Poe imbues "The Pit and the Pendulum" with lots of sensory imagery in hopes of providing readers with a vicarious experience of the tortures that the narrator undergoes before his eventual rescue. In doing so, Poe is meticulous in his descriptions, making sure to appeal to all five senses of the body.

Near the beginning of the story the narrator describes "the sound of the...

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