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The Pit and the Pendulum
Transcript of The Pit and the Pendulum
"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." When we have the "foundation" of our lives taken away from us, it drives us crazy -- insane even. In "The Pit and the Pendulum," the torturers have taken away all the man's senses. His sight is one of the senses they take away when they cast him into the pitch dark room. He cannot see anything -- you could almost say he can't see darkness. This drives him absolutely insane. He starts to panic. He doesn't have the slightest hint as to where he is. Conflict The conflict in this story is... The main character is being tortured by the Spanish Inquisition. They are treating him like a cat would a mouse. They threw him into a dark room with very little to no food. The thing is, this guy has NO earthly idea what is in store for him. He does not know that a swinging razor blade will be inches from his chest. He doesn't know that rats are going to crawl over him. He doesn't know that he will be willing to jump into a deep, pitch dark pit............ Spanish Inquisition Seal Protagonist/Antagonist Protagonist The protagonist is the man being tortured. He is the main character with the goal of escaping the terrifying grip of the Spanish Inquisition. He is being tortured and he is trying to find his way out of the dark room. Also, later in the story, he is trying to escape the ropes that bound him to the table or floor (the author does not make it very clear) with a swinging razor blade swinging in front of him, slowly descending. Antagonist The antagonist is the Spanish Inquistion. They keep the main character from being able to escape because they watch his every move, so that they know if they need to kill him right then and there or if they can keep torturing him. For example, in the story, when the man finally breaks free of the ropes and gets up, the Spanish Inquisition started making the walls close in to force him to either fall of jump into the pit. Quotes from the story... "And then there stole into my fancy, like a rich musical note, the thought of what sweet rest there must be in the grave." "Yet what business had I with hope? It was, as I say, a half formed thought--man has many such which are never completed." “In the deepest slumber-no! In delirium-no! In a swoon-no! In death-no! even in the grave all is not lost.” “...the agony of my soul found vent in one loud, long and final scream of despair.” Christi Kamb
Mr. Bramblett - 3rd PD