Suspense In Richard Finney's The Most Dangerous Game

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In the physical reality, mood is used to distinguish how someone feels. However in the literary world, authors tend to manipulate mood in order to draw a reader in. Within Jack Finney 's "Contents of a Dead Man 's Pocket," Finney manipulates the reader’s mood in order to capture their attention. Similarly, Richard Connell alters the readers mood by creating suspense within his story "The Most Dangerous Game," drawing the audience into the story. However, while Finney creates anxiety among the readers through description, Connell creates tension through the characters speech, thought, and describing the actions of others. Although Connell uses more elements to create angst, Finney 's method of creating suspense draws the reader in more effectively. Jack Finney masterfully manipulates the reader’s mood, creating tension in his audience and capturing their attention. Finney effectively describes the main characters dire situation, expertly fashioning the mood of the story. Within the story, Tom Benecke, the main character, sits on the verge of a promotion, and everything relies on a piece of paper that flies out of the window. In an attempt to retrieve the paper from the ledge that it had landed on, the character climbs out of his window and manages to grab it. However, Benecke unfortunately glances down, scaring himself. Finney writes that "He [Tom Benecke] was more than trembling now; his whole body was racked with a violent shuddering beyond control, his eyes squeezed so

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