Monday, 26 October 2009

The Pit of the Pendulum

Today I have read one of Edgar Allan Poe's stories 'The Pit of the Pendulum'.
The entire story is told by the main character who is spending his time in jail, while expericening some stranges everts.
This story is very discriptive and uses alot of language that I am not formilliar with. At points the story is quite confusing, but it was interesting to see the main character losing his mind.
If I had to choose my part in the story it would has to be when the main character has to spend his time in jail in the dark. Here's a good deiscription of how dark the jail is with out light:

'The blackest of darkness supervened; all sensation appereaed swallowed up in a mad rushing decent as of the souls into Hades. Then silence, and stillness, and the night were the universe'.

When I read that, it sounded like he was already sent to hell and all he can see is total darkness.
I wouldn't want to be in his shoes. Seeing nothing, hear anyone but yourself. all alone in the dark, spokey.

The next reading material I'll be reading tomorrow is Allan Poe's 'The Fall of the House Usher'.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Shahbs! In answer to your email, you are being asked to create 3 different concept paintings in response to your poe stories; i'd suggest you think about producing an exterior shot of the 'house of usher' as described in the story, and an interior of the house too; also, you should produce an interior of the torture chamber in the pendulum story; you can certainly watch the movie adaptations and search for lots of visual reference that relates to the book, and also the time period in which the stories are written... lots of RESEARCH! :-)