What evidence from the story indicates the narrator is unreliable?

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Poe often uses an unreliable narrator in his stories; it's one way of presenting a seemingly inconsistent narrative without the author taking the blame. In "The Pit and the Pendulum," in addition to using his unreliable narrator for this end, Poe creates doubt in the mind of the reader by not revealing the crime for which the narrator has been accused or even whether he himself knows his crime.

But it is the fragile mental state of the narrator that especially highlights his inherent unreliability. As the opening passage from the...

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