Suspense is a characteristic that most horror fiction writers use for a variety of reasons. It could be to provide the reader with a rush of adrenaline, to keep their readers interest throughout the story, to add more depth to the story, and more. Horror fiction writers do just that through the use of suspense. Since horror fiction has been around for ages that gave authors time to learn how to captivate their readers and keep them that way. For them to retain their readers they also use series of literary devices which in turn create suspense.
One of the many ways that the author, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., used to create the tone and mood was his usage of many literary elements. The first one is diction, the writer 's choice of words. In the text, the author uses diction to help ease our understanding of the story. The diction he uses helps bring a lot of the characters to life, and help the readers understand in even more depth, the events that are taking place
Anxiety, a state of nervousness in response to uncertainty, can disclose information that would previously be unknown in a calmer condition. With his tragedy Macbeth, playwright William Shakespeare explores the interaction between anxiety versus ambition in a balance of power. At the beginning of the play, title character, war general, and Thane of Glamis Macbeth is told by three witch sisters of fate that he will also become the Thane of Cawdor and the King of Scotland. He murders the previous king Duncan from persuasion by his wife and his own ambition, and from this begins to experience a sense of regret about the situation, one that will frequently appear in his future endeavors to secure his crown. In his Act III soliloquy, Macbeth expresses anxiety about Banquo, his lack of a successor, and his personal safety, revealing
In act two the flaw of betrayal continues when Macbeth decides to kill duncan and take his spots as king of Scotland. Macbeth and lady Macbeth make this plan up to kill the king were she would signal Macbeth by ringing s bell when the king has fell asleep Macbeth hears the bell and says “Duncan; for it is a knell That summons thee to heaven or to hell.” This means he is on the way to kill Duncan to fulfill his prophecy. After Macbeth does the deed he doesn 't feel like he is
Hamlet finds that his father has died and is trapped when the Ghost commands him to kill Claudius and take revenge on his father 's death. This was not Hamlet’s fault and this scenario traps him in emotional attachment with his father where that 's his duty to get revenge on his father’s murderer. Hamlet tells himself, “ I 'll wipe away all trivial, fond records, All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past, that youth and observation copied there(Hamlet, 1.5.106-108). At this stage, he has to think because what if the Ghost is wrong and someone else is murderer. “The first movement is from the beginning through Hamlet’s acceptance of the Ghost’s command (1).”
”Where the infectious pestilence did reign, seal'd up the doors, and would not let us forth,” states Friar John (act 5 scene 2 Line 11.) This is when Friar John returned to Friar Lawrence and told him that he could not deliver the plans for Juliet to Romeo because he could not get through the gates. This portrays dramatic irony because Romeo was making irrational decisions based on an assumption we knew to be incorrect. In act 4, the literary device of suspense was used when Romeo is about to drink the poison to kill himself and Juliet can wake up any second. “Here’s to my love!
Hamlet Hamlet is a tragedy play written by William Shakespeare. It is a play that involves numerous deaths. Hamlet is the main character in the play and he is depicted as an insane person. Hamlet faked his madness so as to confuse Claudius and his assistants in order to find the truth about the death of his father.
Hamlet’s Internal Dilemma: When Do I Kill My Uncle? When murder is the subject of one’s contemplation, decision-making can be difficult. In the passage “Now might I do it pat, now he is praying … This physic but prolongs thy sickly days” (III. iii.
Free will and determinism have been debated by philosophers for centuries. This topic was debated as early as around 430 b.c. when Sophocles wrote Oedipus the King. Oedipus the King is a play about a man who is given a horrible prophecy. When Oedipus was born his parents were told that he would grow up to kill his father and marry his father. His parents were disgusted by this prophecy and decided to leave Oedipus to die in the mountains with his feet nailed together.
William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, is a tragic story about the struggles of a prince named Hamlet who seeks to avenge his father’s death. Hamlet is so determined to sabotage his uncle, who has taken his father’s crown and is responsible for the crime, that Hamlet himself increasingly becomes insane. Family bonds and friendships are broken as death begins to claim their loved ones and vengeance becomes the primary mindset of the characters. As the play progresses, three prominent themes of death, revenge, and madness drive the plot to its wretched end. Death is the most obvious and reoccurring theme displayed in Hamlet beginning with the death of King Hamlet.
Another example is when Macbeth is talking to Lady Macbeth about his fears, and sends murderers to kill Banquo and Fleance. Macbeth states, “Ere we will eat our meal in fear, and sleep / In rge afflication of these terrible dreams / That shake us nightly.” (Shakespeare 3.3 20-24). Here Shakespeare shows that Macbeth can’t sleep at night or eat because of his fears of Banquo and his son Fleance.
Tacitus, a Roman senator and historian, once stated “Those in supreme power always hate their next heir”. By stating this, it connects to the play Macbeth because it also demonstrates how People who are in power like Macbeth will hate the heir to the throne because they want to become the king to accomplish their desires for power. At the beginning of the play a wounded captain is telling the king about the wonders of Macbeth on the battlefield, which gains him the lord or thane of cawdor and glamis. Over the course of the play, Macbeth is plagued by his power lust, which changes him from Thane to the king which then leads to his downfall.
Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, is a play that mainly focuses on one common theme of insanity. Macbeth gradually becomes plagued by intense guilt as his desire for power drives him to attain his goals by any means necessary, including committing murder. He kills Duncan in cold blood in order to become King, has Banquo killed by three murderers because he wishes to maintain his position as King, and finally, he has Macduff’s family slaughtered. Each of these occurrences takes place because of Macbeth’s will to be King, or they are a result of his guilt. Nonetheless, they are all completed of his free will, which is what causes him to deteriorate mentally.
￼Niya Kebreab King Oedipus: Moral Ambiguity In the play King Oedipus, Sophocles depicts Oedipus’ inevitable downfall, which represents man’s struggle between free will and fate. In an attempt to use the audience’s knowledge to his advantage, Sophocles opens the play seventeen years after Oedipus murders his father, Laius and marries his mother, Jocasta. The sequence in which the story unravels reveals the strong psychological focus towards Oedipus’ character. In search of his identity, Oedipus’ enigmatic quality and moral ambiguity compels readers to question whether his ignorance renders him morally blameless.
Human beings have been baffled by existential questions and conflicts throughout history, and we humans attempt to answer these questions and reconcile these conflicts through various cultural depictions of gods and goddesses, religion, and spirituality. Homer’s The Odyssey and Sophocles’ Oedipus the King provide two interesting examples of how Ancient Greeks sought to define meaning in life, establish and enforce morality, justify social hierarchies, explain powerful forces, and especially to explore the age-old question of whether our lives are tied to fate or whether we exercise free will. In The Odyssey, Homer writes of numerous gods and goddesses, intimately known by his hero Odysseus and his Ancient Greek audience. The gods and goddesses