The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe

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What is the single effect in "The Pit and the Pendulum" by Edgar Allan Poe?

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The single effect that Poe hoped to instill in readers of "The Pit and the Pendulum" is dread—specifically, the fear of imminent death.

The narrator names his dominant emotion "shuddering terror" and then "a
strong desire to lapse into insensibility." In other words, his fear is so profound that he would prefer to be unconscious. Because he does not know when or how he will be executed, the narrator's imagination takes over and amplifies his fear. At first, he wonders if perhaps his captors will allow him to starve to death. Once he is given a loaf of bread and a pitcher of water, he knows...

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This, like all of Poe's writings, conveys a feeling of fear, depression, and hopelessness. Though it is different than some of his other stories by the fact that it has an ending full of hope and relief.

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i think the single effect in *the pit and pendulum is the rescue of the narrator which means the servival of free thinking .the effect that Edgar allan poe is building from the beging  of the story to acheive ,and that why edgar allan poe said that the story should be read in one sitting. 

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