Pit And The Pendulum Essay

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Is science the only reason man can survive in dangerous situations? Edgar Allan Poe's “The Pit and the Pendulum” occurred during the Spanish Inquisition which was in the sixteenth century. At the time the Catholic Church was placing people who were against Catholic laws and traditions or practices in prison. The narrator has been caught and put into a dungeon of the Spanish Inquisition by the judges and monks. Although, the narrator would not have been able to survive without science because his strategies use reason and reasoning is science. The narrator's survival was also based on his hope, goals and strategy because of his goals and religious faith. The narrator’s hopeful spirit was greatly inspired by his prayers and God. At this point in the short story, the narrator has hope even in tough, dangerous, and deadly predicaments. He/She has a great amount of hope in the dungeons of the Spanish Inquisition. “It was HOPE--the hope that triumphs on the rack--that whispers to the death-condemned even in the dungeons of the Inquisition” (8). Hope is still in the narrator’s heart when he/she could be close to death during the horrific time of the Spanish Inquisition. To him/her, the hope is whispering to the…show more content…
The narrator’s reason to set his/her goals is to be able to survive in a deadly, dark dungeon of the Spanish Inquisition. In the beginning, the narrator sets a goal for him/herself and dreams of success. “...there have been moments when I have dreamed of success…” (2). In some cases, to “dream of success’ is way beyond the point you may reach. However, the narrator’s beliefs and enduring faith gives him/her the ability to set his/her goals higher than expected or desired. He/She believes that anything could be possible in the dungeons of the Spanish Inquisition. He/She can use his/her hope, prayers, and strategy in order to go above, beyond, and survive their dangerous

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