Poe opens "The pit and the pendulum" by describing the narrator's sickening agony of awaiting his sentence. How does this beginning contribute to the meaning of the story?

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His agony could be a metaphor for something deeper, or he could have a different life than the one that you have already made up for him in your own mind. He could be in actual physical pain, or it could just be his mind.

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