This essay prompt is designed specifically for honors and AP level students. The prompt takes main points from major critical analysis on Edgar Allen Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum" and asks students to write their own analysis of the story examining one of these possible interpretations.
The possible points of analysis are:
1.) The generic symbolism posed by almost every study guide
2.) Apocalyptic Imagery (posed by Jeanne Malloy in "Apocalyptic Imagery and the Fragmentation of the Psyche: "The Pit and the Pendulum."
3.) Birth Imagery (also mentioned in Malloy's article)