The Pit and the Pendulum by Sean TulienThis interesting and impressive interpretation of the original by Edgar Allen Poe is clearly aimed at a (male) audience of reluctant readers. Poes short stories work well as graphic novels: the mood, setting and characters lend themselves to this genre easily. Whilst the written text is original, it is not the entire text (retold by Sean Tulien). It is well-supported by the graphics (illustrated by J. C. Fabul), which are dark and foreboding, and together the written and visual text combine to create an intriguing and readable narrative. This edition includes Visual Questions at the end, but these invite readers to engage with the text at a simple level - as we expect, much more can be done to challenge and develop students learning when the analysis is teacher-led. This is a useful text for all Stage 4 readers with appropriate support.
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Literary Analysis : ' The Pit And The Pendulum '
The Pit and the Pendulum is one of Edgar Allan Poe 's best known gothic tales, offering plenty of literary allusions and a particularly graphic narrative. We hope this study guide is useful for teachers and students to more fully appreciate the story. Unnamed Prisoner - The narrator is condemned to death by sinister judges, supposedly during the Spanish Inquisition, who incarcerate him in a hellish prison cell, where he experiences terror after terror. General Lasalle - Napoleon's general who rescues the Inquisition prisoner from his torturers just in the nick of time. The Rats - The unlikely heroes of the story, who chew the prisoner's bindings loose so he can escape the descending pendulum before it slices him to death.
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From the SparkNotes Blog
As Poe repeatedly maintained in his critical views, the most successful story occurs when the author decides what effect or effects he wants to achieve and then decides what techniques to use to achieve that effect. In "The Pit and the Pendulum," Poe apparently had in mind the effects of unrelieved torture and suspense., An unnamed narrator opens the story by revealing that he has been sentenced to death during the time of the Inquisition—an institution of the Catholic government in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Spain that persecuted all Protestants and heretical Catholics. Upon receiving his death sentence, the narrator swoons, losing consciousness.
The story is about the torments endured by a prisoner of the Spanish Inquisition , though Poe skews historical facts. The narrator of the story describes his experience of being tortured. The story is especially effective at inspiring fear in the reader because of its heavy focus on the senses, such as sound, emphasizing its reality, unlike many of Poe's stories which are aided by the supernatural. The traditional elements established in popular horror tales at the time are followed, but critical reception has been mixed. The tale has been adapted to film several times.