College of Liberal Arts

Department of English


Steven Carter

"From Room to Room:
A Note on the Ending of 'The Pit and the Penduleum'"

Can the critical debates between a relatively happy and a relatively unhappy ending to "The Pit and the Pendulum" be resolved? In Carter's view, Poe has left us a clue that tips the balance in favor of a "negative" reading--a clue that lies in the name of the French general who rescues the narrator.




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