The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe

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In "The Pit and the Pendulum" what is an example of foreshadowing?

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In "The Pit and the Pendulum," Poe gives little clues along the way that foreshadow coming events; this helps the reader to predict, in a general way, might happen next.  The first time we meet the narrator, he is groggy and being interrogated; he mentions the Inquisition.  This helps the reader to know that he has been accused of a lack of conversion to the Catholic church, and will most likely be killed (if you know anything about the Inquisition, that is).  However, the first bit of foreshadowing comes when the narrator tells us that he does not receive "the dread sentence of death."  This foreshadows the fact that he is not going to die, but,...

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