Poe's Short Stories

what kind of death does he associate with the pit?

From the short story the pit and the pendulum

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The Pit is like a giant whole with water at the bottom in the center of the cell. This symbolizing a drop to an abyss or hell. We really don't know what is at the bottom. We just know the narrator is terrified of it. THere is also the razor sharp pendulum which descends above him.