The Pit and the Pendulum Setting & Symbolism

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The Pit

One of the forms of capital punishment devised by the Spanish Inquisition. The narrator was meant to fall into the pit accidentally. When he discovered the pit, his captors let him see what was in it then began to close the walls in around him in order to force him into the horror below.

The Pendulum

Sharp, swinging object meant to kill the narrator by chopping him in half.

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