The beginning of the “Tell-Tale Heart” immediately sets the ambiguous mood of the story. The first line captivates almost instantaneously the reader’s attention due to the irregular pattern of the sentence. “TRUE! --nervous --very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?”
What could I do? I foamed -I raved -I swore! I swung the chair upon which I had been sitting, and grated it upon the boards, but the noise arose over all and continually increased. It grew louder - louder - louder! And still the men chatted pleasantly, and smiled” (p.3).
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.
Suspense about the characters, suspense about the plot; everything was a mystery. The narrator’s every step brought suspense, especially when he got involved with the beating of the heart. Towards the end of the story, the author leaves readers constantly wondering as the suspense is increasing - What will happen to the characters, or how will they end up? These are questions that readers often find themselves asking, although the most common question is simply what will happen
He describes Mary screaming, “ as though infected,” while the girls cower, “as though” they had been cursed. (118) These similes paint a detailed picture of the scene, intensifying the craziness and depicting the mass hysteria in the courtroom. Mary, due to Miller’s directing, embodies the sense of fear driving the panic of the scene. She sustains the wildness of all previous allegations through her exclamation that John Proctor is, “the Devil’s man.
Think Question 1: Foreshadowing is a literary device in which a writer gives an advance hint of what is to come later in the story. How does the author of “The Monkey’s Paw” use foreshadowing in the first chapter to suggest that the spell placed on the paw might not bring happiness to whoever possesses it? Cite textual evidence from the selection to support your answer. Response 1: W. W. Jacobs uses foreshadowing in "The Monkey 's Paw" by having Sergeant-Major Morris recount his experience with the monkey’s paw. After Herbert asked Morris if he already requested his three wishes, Morris replies with, “‘I have,’...and his blotchy face whitened” (Jacobs).
In intense parts of his stories Poe makes his sentences shorter and repeats himself which helps build suspense. An example of this is “It grew quicker and quicker, and louder and louder every instant. The old man's terror must have been extreme! It grew louder, I say, louder every moment!” (“The Tell-Tale Heart”).
She fell dead upon the spot without a groan.” (Poe The Black Cat). He hides the body by removing bricks in the cellar and putting it in the wall. A few days later the police show up and he shows them
The first sentence is, “True! nervous very very dreadfully nervous I had been and I am; but why will you say that I am mad?” (354, Poe) This sentence is leaving you with the suspense of not knowing what’s going on. Also in the story, “ The Pedestrian” by Ray Bradbury when the author is talking about Mr. Leonard Mead, it says, “ Mr. Leonard
It fades and appears when it sees fit. Some would characterize this as a drive to better myself, others would call it obsessive in the same way rehearsed words spill from a painted face, dolled up and shiny but still feature a lacked sort of sincerity. The masks I wear vary, but they ultimately serve the same purpose of setting aside my true emotions to press on. Lesser minds could decipher the trick, that it is all an act, that my idiosyncrasies are the furthest possible alternative from what most come to know as “natural ability” and even then they decline, because we are one in the same. People are no different.
Virgil uses Rumor to show how damaging gossip can be. Gossip spreads like wildfire, and not in a healthy way, in which Rumor is a great representation of this. Rumor constantly has something to say about everyone. The information isn’t always necessarily positive news either.