“The Pit and the Pendulum” Essay & Project
Read “The Pit and the Pendulum” and in essay format discuss the following elements:
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.
· 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
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.
The Project will be presented to the class on February 2 & 3, 2006
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.