There is always something that bothers us in life, whether it’s others or even our own conscious. In “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, the narrator has a difficult time following through with his cruel acts because a part of him knows it’s truly wrong. Throughout the story, his crimes bring more tension between him and the old man. Suspense is created with his every move, leaving readers hanging on the edge of their seats. In “The Tell-Tale Heart”, Poe builds suspense by using symbolism, inner thinking, and revealing information to the reader that a character doesn’t know about.
The reader knows that the narrator is planning to kill the man very soon, while the man has no clue that he is about to be killed, and he is just sleeping. “To think that there I was, opening the door, little by little, and he not even to dream of my secret deeds or thoughts.” The readers know that the narrator is stalking the old man, while the old man is just sleeping. Suspense is created since the reader does not know what the old man will do, whether he will be killed, or whether he will notice the
Anosha Hussain An exemplary message everyone should take in, no matter the person, is that when committing a discourteous act, guilt could end up as a result, as guilt is to the spirit what pain is to the body. In the story, “The Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, the narrator, considered as a madman by some, deviously takes out his plan of murdering an innocent old man for his “vulture eye”. When the narrator 's plan didn 't go as he wanted it to, he revoltingly crushed the old man, whose heart was vigorously pounding with fear, with a bed until he couldn 't breathe. The dreadful pounding of the heart later appeared in the narrator 's thoughts as a form of guilt, which forced him to go psychotic. The overall mood determined by the text, darkness and madness, was influenced by several elements to help further advance it.
Did I? I must be going mad…” (Christie 175). This thought with the ellipsis creates suspense for the reader because it makes the reader think about how Miss Brent would be mad (or crazy). Additionally, the question Miss Brent asked herself internally makes the reader question themselves why and is Miss Brent going mad. Moreover, the ellipsis also causes the reader to think about how Miss Brent going crazy would impact the storyline, creating a suspenseful scene, because we don’t know how that will change or twist the story.
The symbolism can be very difficult to understand, but if a reader observes the text very carefully, he or she can understand what is trying to be symbolized. Poe loved to add symbolism behind his characters (“Edgar Allan Poe”). He would combine the physical and intangible traits of the characters and make the readers dig deep to discover what the characters are trying to portray in the story (“Edgar Allan Poe”). In “The Black Cat,” symbolism arises from one of the main characters in the story: Pluto. A reader needs to keep in mind that when Pluto is introduced into the story, the narrator had already began to become very delusional because of his alcohol addiction.
Have you ever wondered what is in the mind of a murderer ? In the story “Tell Tale Heart,” a nameless man explains his reasoning behind why he killed an old man. Throughout the tale, he also subtly attempts to prove his sanity by showing how well thought out the murder was. “Tell Tale Heart” is a suspenseful story, the point-of view of the narrator, and setting of the tale, are great attributions to that account. The first element of the story that helps the reader feel suspense, is the author’s written point-of-view.
“If still you think (the narrator) mad, you will think so no longer when (the narrator) describe the wise precautions (the narrator) took for the concealment of the body,” reveals the attention to detail the narrator had when carrying out the murder. As time goes on, the guilt makes the character conscious of every move they make. What he did is always on his mind and he is constantly wondering about what might happen next. “(The narrator) kept quite still and said nothing...hearkening to the death watches in the wall,” the narrator shows the consciousness of his actions and how guilt forces him into thinking that the hidden body is watching their every step. The murder that was committed shows that supernatural occurrences do cause characters to go insane and take actions that usually would not have been thought
“Then the mere consciousness of existence, without thought – a condition which lasted long. Then, very suddenly, thought, and shuddering terror, and earnest endeavor to comprehend my true state.” Poe uses the detailed outlook and description of everything his characters feel and experience, to communicate the feeling of fear and horror to his readers. Poe’s special twist on the gothic element of fear and horror, adds a dark, metacognitive feel to “The Pit and the Pendulum” which makes you, the reader, consider what humanity is, as a whole, truly afraid of. Poe understands what the human race truly fears, and uses that as an advantage, everything his character feels, is so
The full of experience always makes him to be a rational person. Pony boy start to want to the fight between Socs and Greasers to stop, here are basically three reasons that why he thinks so: They got psychological damage, it cause the death of his friends, and their gangs are very dangerous. First of all, one of Pony boy’s changes throughout the novel is influenced by fighting. Johnny was for self-defense, so he killed Bob. This passage in the novel shows us the psychological change of Pony boy : “A panic was rising in me as I listened to Johnny’s quiet voice go on and on ‘Johnny!’ I nearly screamed.
In Hater, David Moody uses suspense, by adding plot twists to give a new direction to the story, and draws out major events to build up the excitement and leave the reader on edge while reading. Right away in the beginning of the book we start out with suspense. Someone is about to be killed, but we don’t know why, and we don’t know who is killing. The reader is left to question, “What is going on?”. The high level of anxiousness and suspense continues throughout the entire book.