Suspense is what makes a book become an outstanding book. This is why Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, heaped suspense into the book. Interestingly, suspense is defined as a state or feeling of excited or anxious uncertainty about what may happen. Lee uses numerous literary techniques to develop suspense in the story. Two that she uses to employ suspense is cliffhangers and imagery.
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. One place where the suspense is the highest is when a new hater is discovered.
The question is who is the killer? With an original plot of the story, the author adds an exciting twist to the story with suspense. One way Christie builds suspense is through the following repeated punctuation: ellipsis and question marks. Additionally, the author portrays many flashbacks that the main characters are having as their death inches closer.
Together, the syntax and ambiguous ending create suspense that engage the reader until the end of the story. In the last section of "The Yellow Wallpaper" CP Gillman destabilizes the reader by using unique syntax to describe the wallpaper and the narrator 's actions illustrating the narrator 's descent into madness and opening up the ending for multiple interpretations. 2. At the end of the story, CP Gillman uses the changes in the mental state of the narrator to destabilize the reader, leaving them to wonder whether or not the narrator will recover from her illness at the end of the story. First, the narrator starts to believe
Edgar Allan Poe’s stories all have some type of mysterious setting that makes the reader read in between the lines and decipher the meaning. His stories also incorporate a great deal of violence and sinister acts, which adds a grimness to each story he tells. “The Black Cat” is a true work of literature that incorporates a hidden meaning in the story with the use of sinister violence. In this particular story, the narrator’s use of the first-person point of view, symbolism through the characters, and the eerie setting creates a fascinating tale. Edgar Allan Poe’s story is told from the first-person point of view.
Roald Dahl’s ‘The Landlady’, a mystery-horror short story, is purposely written to entice the readers to think about how people are not always as they seem. Dahl uses the art of foreshadowing to focus on the mysterious Landlady. The Landlady is described as about forty-five or fifty years of age with a round pink face, gentle blue eyes and pale lips. She also has small, white, quick moving hands with red fingernails. At first, the Landlady seems pleasant and accommodating, however, as the story progresses the reader discovers there is more to the Landlady; her true personality and purpose.
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.
In Lord of the Flies, it gives that suspense of terror to what’s happening during the chant of the savages and Simon, who’s trying to tell everyone the true identity of the beastie. This connects to the theme because foreshadowing can give the reader of sense of something interesting that gets them hook on the book and have the crave to learn about what is going to happen next, given the hints before the action
“The Adventures of the Speckled Band” Arthur Conan Doyle is famous for writing short stories filled with suspense and mystery that keep his readers entertained and returning for more. In The Adventure of the Speckled Band, Arthur Conan Doyle writes how Sherlock Holmes and Watson solve the mystery surrounding the death of Julia Roylott before her sister Helen is murdered the same way. Doyle uses red herrings, imagery and repetition to help make his short story a successful mystery. Although scattered clues are generally well placed in a mystery, Doyle leaves red herrings along the way that add to the reader's suspense and adventure. Helen informs Holmes and Watson at their first meeting that she lives on the estate of her stepfather Dr. Roylott.
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.