The Pit And The Pendulum By Edgar Allan Poe Essay

1116 Words Mar 11th, 2016 5 Pages
People who are trying to survive are rarely found in this world today because giving up is common. Edgar Allan Poe, the author of “The Pit and the Pendulum,” conveyed a message to his audience that in order to survive, one cannot give up. Poe used many symbols throughout his stories such as: religious symbols, death symbols, and symbols referring to people on earth and the issues that are happening today. He also often used symbols to connect with his audience and emphasize the importance of survival. The narrator could have ended his life, but he kept fighting death and winning survival because he would not subdue to losing to the enemy, death. Edgar Allan Poe incorporated many symbols in his stories to convey a message to his audience about surviving and why it should be strived for.
The narrator of “The Pit and the Pendulum” is most likely based off of Poe himself. Poe was a man that knew how to survive. With tuberculosis and drug addictions, he had options of death in front of him throughout his whole life and yet, he was like the narrator of “The Pit and the Pendulum”: never consenting to death. “I had thought of forcing the blade in some minute crevice of the masonry, so as to identify my point of departure. The difficulty, nevertheless, was but trivial…” (233). Poe had difficulties of his own such as: illnesses and drug addictions. Poe’s illnesses were similar to the mental and physical tortures used in the story; they were not actually going to harm him. He portrays…

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