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Is it possible for a tale of a black bird and a tale of a death sentence to be at all similar One can clearly find the answer to this question in Edgar Allen Poes The Pit and the Pendulum and The Raven In both stories the narrator goes through mental tortures that effect him greatly Also each story creates dark gothic images in an appropriate creepy setting that effect the narrator as well as the reader These three characteristics that the two stories share are the use of psychological horror gothic elements and creepy setting The first characteristic that these two stories share is the use of psychological horror An author will use psychological horror to show the reader what a character is going through It can be defined as the torture or horrors of ones mind by someone or something In The Pit and the Pendulum Poe uses it a couple of times in the part where the man is on the wood table with the pendulum above He is given a dish of seasoned meat without water which he usually receives Not having the pitcher of water is a big problem because the seasoned meat is spicy This tortures the man because he is very hungry and if he were to eat the meat then he would become very thirsty He basically has to decide if he wants to be hungry or thirsty Another example of psychological horror in The Pit and the Pendulum is when the man notices the slowly descending pendulum above him The pendulum falls so slow that it ends up torturing him into wishing he would be killed sooner In The Raven Poe uses psychological horror one main time This is when the character starts to get angry at the raven At first he just laughs at the bird but eventually he grows mad at the bird His feeling toward it changed mainly because it wouldnt say
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