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Poe's Short Stories Study Guide

by Edgar Allan Poe

Poe's Short Stories study guide contains a biography of Edgar Poe, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.

The Pit and the Pendulum:

An unnamed narrator is sentenced to death by the Inquisition and awakens to find himself in a dungeon being watched closely by his captors, who intend to punish him by causing him mental torture and physical peril. Battling unreasoned fear, the narrator faces a number of death traps, including the eponymous pit and the swinging pendulum.

The Masque of the Red Death:

After the virulent plague of the Red Death strikes Prince Prospero's country, he and a thousand of his courtiers choose to lock themselves away from the disease and hold parties to pass the time until the contagion leaves. After several months, Prospero holds a particularly grand masked ball that features an ominous room with an unnerving clock. At…

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