Edgar Allan Poe 's The Pit And The Raven Essays

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Edgar Allan Poe has written many short stories and poems. His most know short stories and poems include The Pit and the Pendulum, The Tell-Tale Heart, and The Raven. In the book The Gold Bug and Other Tales and the poem The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe there are recurring themes in his stories The Pit and the Pendulum, The Tell-Tale Heart, and The Raven. The themes he uses often are terror, approaching death/ taunting death, and symbolism/metaphor. In The Pit and the Pendulum Poe experiences terror many times. The first time he is seeing the engraving of his name on a coffin. This could also represent death taunting him as he is on his way to die. The fear of being alone in the dark every one fears and Poe brings that fear into his story to give us a personal connection to him. In the story he is in a dark empty room alone. There is no sound or even the slightest bit of light for him to see. Then after a short slumber he walks across the room. He falls just short of a hole in the floor. Still unable to see he is terrified that his only decision are to either take the short death and plunge into the hole or stay on the sides and old off his final moments. He passes out again and once more finds himself in another form of torture. This time he is strapped to the floor surrounded by rats and below the pendulum. “I struggle for breath. The intensity of the darkness seemed to oppress and stifle me. The atmosphere was intolerably close.” (Gold Bug 64). Another fear Poe addresses is…

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