The Pit and the Pendulum
The Pit and the Pendulum is a story about a man confined to a prison cell and tortured mercilessly in Toledo Spain during the Spanish Inquisition. Edgar Allen Poe's story is powerful because the prisoner tells the story of his torture. Given this you know he is going to survive which helps make the mystery so much more complex.
The plot is very believable and consistent. Poe shows great detail in the setting of the dungeon. The plot is hard to fathom, in that it is difficult to believe that a man could survive so much adversity without going crazy. The consistency in the story is the addition of a new problem for him to solve after he finishes the previous one.It is hard to imagine the prisoner could ever survive his immense torture but he did. In the end the prisoner was rescued by General Lasalle after Lasalle invaded Toledo. The ending was proper for the plot, because he deserved to be rewarded after his immense torture. It is a major coincidence that they invaded Toledo to save the falling prisoner from his death. The plot is suspenseful. It kept you on you're toes at every moment because of the ever danger of death in each paragraph. In the conflict the plot is subtle and complex as well as a struggle between and all-good hero and an all-bad villain. The prisoner is being tortured by a person that seems to be all-bad because of the suffering he inflicts on other people. The story is suspenseful because all through the reading you think he is going to die but he seems to overcome every obstacle that he comes across.
The character doesn't seem realistic because it doesn't seem possible that a human could survive the constant torture that he endured couldn't last as long as he did. The torturer's motives at first seem to...