“The Pit and the Pendulum” Essay & Project

Mr. Dawursk

 

PART ONE: The Essay

 

Read “The Pit and the Pendulum” and in essay format discuss the following elements:

 

 

·  Plot: Give a brief summary of the piece. (2-3 Paragraphs)

 

·  Setting: Describe the setting. What words or phrases help paint the picture? (At least one paragraph)

 

·  Characters: How does Poe portray the characters? (At least one paragraph)

 

·  Perspective: Who is the narrator? Describe this person’s feelings.
Is it written in third or first person? How does this affect the piece?
(At least one paragraph)

· NEXT, explore the work as a psychological thriller. Discuss in complete sentences what human emotions are revealed by Poe in the story? (Examples may include fear, sadness, regret, loneliness, obsession, anticipation, and helplessness.)  Identify and write words and phrases from the text that portray these emotions. (At least one paragraph)

· FINALLY, think about events or images from YOUR experiences that invoke the same emotions discussed in your prior paragraph. For example, what have you experienced that may have sparked deep fear or loneliness or extreme passion? (At least one paragraph)

 

 

This is to be in “essay” format, so do not just label each section and answer the question.  Instead, write it so that it flows like a normal essay with multiple paragraphs and appropriate transitions. Use an introductory and conclusion paragraph as well. The paper is to be double-spaced typed, 12-point Arial or Times New Roman font and printed in black ink on white paper. It will be graded on content, use of examples from the text, grammar, mechanics and spelling. Remember contractions (can’t, won’t, isn’t) should not be used in a formal paper.

 


PART TWO: The Project

 

Create an original project that portrays the emotions and themes highlighted in your paper and that are found throughout Poe’s works.

 

You must use some of Poe’s words or phrases somewhere in your project.

 

For example:

·        You may make posters,

·        Write poems or short stories,

·        Create a piece of artwork,

·        Do an original thematic dance,

·        Write a song/rap

·        Make a power point presentation

 

 

Project Evaluation

 

A grade: Students were highly engaged in class discussions; created a clear and detailed essay and project that included plot, setting, characters, and perspective; developed a creative, thoughtful personal project reflecting emotions from Poe’s writing combined with their own experience.

 

B/C grade: Students participated in class discussions; created an adequate essay and project that included some of the following elements: plot, setting, characters, and perspective; developed a personal project reflecting emotions from Poe’s writing combined with their own experience.

 

D grade: Students participated minimally in class discussions; wrote an incomplete essay and project that included few or none of the following elements: plot, setting, characters, and perspective; the personal project was unclear or did not reflect emotions from Poe’s writing or had no reference to their own experience.

 

DUE DATES:

 

  • PART ONE: The Paper is due February 2, 2006

  • PART TWO:

The Project will be presented to the class on February 2 & 3, 2006

 

 

 


Vocabulary

 

Narrator: A person telling a story

 

Context: The voice of the narrator can determine how a reader interprets a story.

 

 

First-person Narrative: A form of writing in which the story is told from the perspective of a character in the story

 

Context: In a first-person narrative, a story’s character refers to himself or herself as “I.”

 

 

Third-person Narrative: A form of writing in which the story is told from an omniscient point of view; all characters are referred to as “he” or “she.”

 

Context: In a story written in the third-person narrative, a reader may see into the thoughts of different characters.

 

 

Plot: The sequence of events that make up a literary work; the structure of the story

 

Context: The plot of “The Tell-Tale Heart” ends with the narrator confessing his crime.

 

 

Setting: The background (as time and place) of the action of a story or play

 

Context: Many of Poe’s short stories and poems have a dark and foreboding setting.

 

 

 

Gothic: A style of literature style emphasizing the grotesque, mysterious, and desolate.

 

Context: Edgar Allan Poe is considered an author of Gothic literature.