Lamb to the Slaughter is an action packed short story about a wife who is let down by her husband and proceeds to kill him as an act of revenge. Obviously much more happens in this story consisting of humour, action, mystery and irony. Roald Dahl is a master of writing short stories in ways that attract readers, draw them into what is happening through using literary elements and universal themes to make the story relatable to the readers. In this story the main literary elements were foreshadowing, situation and dramatic irony, imagery and symbolism which really drew me in and kept me attached to the story. Literary elements are what make a story powerful and attracts readers to continue reading in the story and in this story they highlight the universal theme of Revenge and Betrayal.
The Tell-Tale Heart: Analysis Poe is best known as the author of horror and suspense. The dark- gothic element that surrounds his stories is enhanced even more with the appearance of multi-complex personalities which ‘move between the edge’ of normal and abnormal. One of his characters that represent this notion is the narrator and main character of his well-known story the “Tell-Tale Heart”. His psychological complexity and his narrative technique immediately captivates the audience attention who ‘struggles’ to come to some conclusion about the narrator’s state of mind. The narrator’s psychological instability is visible through the tone, the syntax and the constant alleviation between sanity and insanity.
Rainsford chose to be hunted and lasted the time limit of three days of hunted by the General, and killed the General when he had his chance. At the beginning of the story, the flaw of Rainsford is he falling overboard and ending up swimming for his life. After Rainsford reached too far for his pipe, he was sent into a life or death situation while his “cry was pinched off short as the blood-warm waters of the Caribbean Sea dosed over his head. He struggled up to the surface and tried to cry out, but the wash from the speeding yacht slapped him in the face and the salt water in his open mouth made him gag and strangle” (Connell 2). As the readers read by this section of the story, their eyes would open wide in response to the situation that Rainsford was left in.
In the short story “The Interlopers” by H.H. Munro and in the short story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, the authors create the elements of suspense and tension by using these three literary techniques: Pacing, Setting, and Irony. The first literary technique that I will be discussing is pacing. When both stories were approaching the climax, the pacing started to move slower and slower. In paragraph 4 of “The Interlopers”,it states; “The two enemies stood luring at one another for a long silent moment with riffles in their hands and hate in their heart and murder uppermost in their mind.” The pacing starts to slow down at this point because both Ulrich and Georg are staring at each other in dead silence.
The Tell Tale Heart is narrated anonymously yet extremely in depth, leaving the reader with an ominous perspective. The use of first person creates a mysterious interpretation for the readers as we construe the tale from an individuals point of view, looking into the story. The story builds up upon the narrator’s guilt over intentionally killing an innocent man. A suspicious neighbor cries out for help after hearing a shriek and three policemen investigate the situation. During the climax, the narrator is at the greatest intensity of guilt and craze.
Edgar Allan Poe, one of history’s most terrifying and demented authors, is famous for his multitude of stories perfectly crafted to haunt readers for years after they finish reading the final words. To achieve this, Poe uses many suspense techniques such as imagery, vocabulary, psychological insights and unreliable narrators to heighten the power of his tales and truly chill readers to the bone. His use of these tactics is no more apparent than in his most morbid and haunting tale, “The Masque Of Red The Death”. In this story, Poe uses three main literary devices: Imagery, symbolism and themes. Poe’s use of imagery is something that makes this tale captivate the audience and truly resonate within readers’ minds.
George R.R. Martin once said, “There is a savage beast in every man, and when you hand that man a sword or spear and send him forth to war, the beast stirs.” This is significant because it fully depicts the conflict that occurs in the novel between the boys. A symbol is used to represent something as it has relevance to context. Symbols give deeper meaning or extend feeling to an actual word beyond what is being said. The use of symbols can be very helpful in bringing more change of conveyance in a piece of literature.
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.
Louder! Louder!” (page 359). That is to say that Poe applies repetition in the words “Louder! Louder!” to show suspense in the story’s plot. Poe’s use of repetition demonstrates how he uses it to describe that the narrator is going mad when he “hears” the corpse of the old man’s heart beating.
Throughout the novel, the reader is constantly given the question “Why would the murderer do this? What is his reasoning, his line of thought?” Thus, in the conclusion of the story, we are presented with the motives of the murderer. The story is well written and well-paced as to not present the reader with much information early, but rather only provided in the end to essentially connect all the gaps of information missing prior. The Lake Ladies, by Walter Paul Gullen, is a great piece of literature, both for entertainment and education, providing an enticing mystery novel with several quotes and thoughts from several
Insane asylums are usually creepy, especially for a young man who is very rarely in the setting. In the story The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe, the main character is a mad man who lives in a group home. He is driven crazy by an old man’s eye, so much that he kills, dismembers, and hides him. The character is so confident in his crime that he invites investigating officers into the old man’s room to talk about the reason they were sent over. The character begins to feel the emotions of guilt, like hearing a strange noise, sweating, swearing, throwing things, imagining pretend things, until he finally shouts, “Villains, dissemble no more!