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The Pit and the Pendulum (8th Grade)
Transcript of The Pit and the Pendulum (8th Grade)
Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
Pit and Pendulum Movie...Vincent Price
"I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity."
"Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before."
"All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream."
the opposition between
forces in the story
What types of conflicts exist in the story?
Internal / External
the central character
whatever opposing force the protagonist struggles with
Who is the protagonist/ antagonist in this story?
Antagonist- whatever opposing force the antagonist struggles with
Quote Matching Conflict
Illustration matching quote / conflict
CASK OF AMONTILLADO
Connect to Your Life
Edgar Allan Poe is the undisputed master of the MACABRE (muh -kah- bruh)
- Gruesome or horrifying, representing or dealing with death
-What characteristics do
stories share in common? (Think back to what you know about the strategies authors use to create suspense!)
WHY THE MACABRE?
Why do people like the horror genre so much?
The Spanish Inquisition:
The story is set in the Spanish city of TOLEDO during the Spanish Inquisition-- The Roman Catholic practice of holding inquisitions...official investigations; Think Latin...QUIS = question (Where do you think we get quiz from!)
This practice began in medieval times to combat heresy (her-uh-see) --the act of expressing or holding beliefs different than that of the Church.
The accused were put on trial and encouraged to confess to heresy. Often they were tortured into confessing and naming fellow heretics.
Those who were found guilty of the worst crimes were sentenced and executed at an elaborate public ceremony called the AUTODAFE. (aw-toh-duh-fey) (the public declaration of judgment passed on persons tried)
Under Spain's first grand inquisitor, Tomas de Torquemada, hundreds of accused heretics were found guilty and put to death. The Spanish Inquisition continued in various forms until 1834.
A lot of innocent people began to confess to being guilty of crimes they didn't do!! WHY do you think this happened?
--Let's read a NY Times article to help you understand why.
The Spanish Inquisition....
1. Does Poe use foreshadowing? How...what types?
2. Suspense strategies?
3. Types of Conflicts?
4. Tone (author's attitude toward text)
5. Mood (your feelings toward text)
Convert or Die!
Be prepared for a quiz!!!
1. Happy with ending?
2. Tone / Mood
5. Suspense Strategies?
6. Conflict Types?
Comparing Literary Works:
Pit and Pendulum /
Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce was an American journalist and short story writer. He loved satire. He wrote the short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and compiled a satirical lexicon, The Devil's Dictionary.
Ambrose Bierce was born on June 24, 1842 in Meigs county, Ohio. He worked as a printer's apprentice and enlisted to fight in the Civil War. After the war he worked as an editor, journalist, and short story writer; capturing his war experiences in vivid detail. In 1913 he went to Mexico, then in the midst of a revolution led by Pancho Villa. He disappeared sometime in 1914.
He disappeared in Mexico in 1914 and his final fate is unknown.