abstract and concrete words

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how poe's use of abstract and concrete words affect ones overall impression of "the pit and the pendulum"

-- Anonymous, December 02, 2001


In ever increasing confinement, darkness and danger and with decreasing time and space the sensory deprivation becomes excruciating. The man fights back with shreds of reason and abstractions which need little objectivity until he finds a way to work with his meager chances to attempt an escape- which is nothing more than the small victory of postponing a terrible death. And some horrors(like the Pit) are too terrible for concrete words and as he avoids that ultimate horror he resolves to choose a fiery death on the closing walls- the last choice from which he is spared. The end is anticlimactic but very simple and concrete as the trap is broken and he has no need to work his mind feverishly to search out and survive.

-- Anonymous, December 03, 2001

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