Everything you need to understand or teach The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe.
Edgar Allan Poe is best known as the author of numerous spine-tingling stories of horror and suspense. "The Pit and the Pendulum" is a classic example of Poe's ability to keep readers on the edge of their seats with almost nightmarish terror. However, Poe should also be remembered as the American author who helped to establish and develop America's major formal contribution to the world of literature—the short story.
Poe was the first writer to recognize that the short story was a different kind of fiction than the novel and the first to insist that for a story to have a powerful effect on the reader every single detail in the story should contribute to that effect. "The Pit and the Pendulum" is a striking example of Poe's ability to follow his own advice about the artistic unity of a short story.
Finally, Poe should be... View more of the The Pit and the Pendulum Summary