Character Analysis in The Pit and the Pendulum
The Unnamed Narrator: “The Pit and the Pendulum” is told from the first-person point of view of an unnamed narrator, which allows readers to intimately experience the Inquisition’s horror and sense how the narrator is slowly losing grasp of reality. Like most narrators in Poe’s stories, the narrator teeters on the brink of consciousness and unconsciousness, sanity and insanity. The narrator’s use of language is constantly in flux and his sense of reality slowly fades, making his account of events unreliable. His mental and physical deprivation causes readers to question his reliability, which only furthers readers’ sense of trepidation as they read Poe’s story.
Character Analysis Examples in The Pit and the Pendulum:
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"In its size I had been greatly mistaken. ..." See in text (The Pit and the Pendulum)
"So far, I had not opened my eyes. ..." See in text (The Pit and the Pendulum)
"I WAS SICK—sick unto death with that long agony..." See in text (The Pit and the Pendulum)