Richard Wilbur tells us how fitting the chamber in "The Pit and the Pendulum" actually was.
He knew what he had to do to overcome each obstacle. Even in the grave all is not lost. Else there is no immortality for man. The story begins with a person that is in severe peril contemplating the possibility of the death sentence.
The narrator of the tale seems not to parallel the characters of Poe's other tales, in that he is very sane and his torture comes from without rather than from within. The narrator realises this is but one more of the many things here that could kill him.
The genre, the purpose and role of the narrator and the parallelism between all of the stories will be examined. American Romanticist ideas were widely expressed through poetry and short stories. This is a renowned story that truly reflects on the type of writer poe really was and also shows what a master of horror and suspense he was.
He has composed poems dealing with the occult.