Pit And The Pendulum Symbolism

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Terror is something that every living thing has experienced in their lives, from humans to ants. It manifests itself as the emotion of fear in the minds of those who experience it. Edgar Allan Poe creates a sense of terror in “The Pit and the Pendulum” by expressing symbolism; he uses the candles, the pendulum, and General Lasalle arriving. Poe uses the candles to, at first, symbolize hope and charity then, to represent angles and meaningless spectators. “At first they wore the aspect of charity”(Poe 856) to the unnamed narrator; it showed that he still had hope even though he was locked in a dungeon. He imagines that candles are angles that were there put there to save him but soon realizes that they are not. “Angel forms
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