Symbols in The Pit and the Pendulum
Symbols of Terror: Poe’s use of various symbols demonstrates the violence and terror imposed by the Spanish Inquisition: the extinguished white candles demonstrate hopelessness; the grotesque and terrifying pendulum represents the unceasing passage of time; the steaming, glowing pit symbolizes hell; the moving wall represents the closeness of death; and finally, the trumpet at the end of the story symbolizes salvation moments before death.
Symbols Examples in The Pit and the Pendulum:
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"but the closing walls pressed me resistlessly onward...." See in text (The Pit and the Pendulum)
"I now observed—with what horror it is needless to say—that its nether extremity was formed of a crescent of glittering steel, about a foot in length from horn to horn; the horns upward, and the under edge evidently as keen as that of a razor...." See in text (The Pit and the Pendulum)