The Pit And The Pendulum Expository Essay

The Pit and the Pendulum Essay

1053 WordsJan 25th, 20135 Pages

The Pit and the Pendulum" Symbolism: Although the events in the story create suspense and interest, its the story's deeper meaning that makes it so good. An analysis of the pit (death or hell), the scythe/pendulum (time and death), and the angelic forms of the Inquisitorial tribune (angels of death) are three of many symbols in the novel.
Stripped of extraneous detail, the story focuses on what horror truly is: not the physical pain of death, but the terrible realization that a victim has no choice but to die. Whether the narrator chooses to jump into the pit or get sliced in half by the pendulum, he faces an identical outcome—death
The Spanish Inquisition was a religious court set up by the Catholic Church and the Spanish
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But hang on a second. What's that word we used? Fall? That's a big word for Catholics, who "fall," metaphorically speaking, every time they sin. (That first big sin, the Original, courtesy of Adam and Eve, is called the Fall with a capital "F.") And, you know where you fall if you keep "falling," so to speak? That's right: Hell. Yikes. Suddenly this pit just took on a whole new meaning.
So, it makes sense that the inquisitors want to punish our narrator by creating their own little hell. And our guy is totally aware of it: "My cognisance of the pit," he writes, "had become known to the inquisitorial agents – the pit, whose horrors had been destined for so bold a recusant as myself, the pit, typical of hell, and regarded by rumour as the Ultima Thule of all their punishments" (21).
So there you have it: "the pit, typical of hell" – "typical" in this case meaning "symbolic of" or "symbolizing." Throw in those spooky, red hot, glowing demons and, well, there you have it. H-E-double hockey sticks.
Quick note: that "Ultima Thule" Poe mentions harkens back to an old-timey geographical notion. Thule was a Latin term for a very distant place, usually to the north; in the Middle Ages, it was sometimes used to mark Greenland or Iceland on maps. Ultima means final, so "Ultima Thule," would mean the most very distant place – something really, truly extreme.
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This Common Core aligned TEXT DEPENDENT ANALYSIS Lesson comes with an entertaining PowerPoint Presentation section, interactive Student Worksheets, and detailed Lesson Plans.



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This The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe Explanatory Writing Lesson focuses on Text Dependent Analysis and using Text Evidence as Support to develop a Constructed Response / Essay. The lesson comes complete with a Brainstorming section, a Thesis Statement development component, and an Expository Writing Tutorial.


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