This essay with be an introduction of the comparison of the "Pit and the Pendulum", to "Fall of the House of the Usher". It will explain how Edgar Allen Poe uses atmosphere, or mood, to convey the gothic style. For starters, Edgar Allen Poe is a mysterious man. He speaks in what they call a "romantic" style writing which really translates to gothic style writing. This includes a dark theme, with very specific, eery details. Enjoy!
The Pit and the Pendulum is a very detailed story. Its setting takes place in around the early 1800s during the Spanish inquisition. Poe talks about a prisoner brought in by a general to be sentenced to death by either the pit or the pendulum. As the story unfolds, the prisoner goes through both executions before