Through the quote “If the child gives the effect of another turn of the screw, what do you say to two children” the audience is enticed by the repetition of the ominous title of the book which effectively foreshadows the events to come and creates suspense. Following the title of the tale, the author is able to sustain a high level of suspense within the prologue. In the prologue a framing device is effectively used to allow the audience to expect a ghost story. Through this the audience learns that “The story is written. It’s in a locked drawer” this reveals a secretive and unknown aspect to the tale that is about to be told.
Lockwood is Heathcliff's tenant in the present day, and he wants to learn more about the mysterious man. His narration provides a frame narrative for the story. Lockwood learns the back story of Heathcliff, Catherine and the other residents of Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange from the housekeeper, Nelly. Her narration provides the internal narrative, which is focused in the past. Other characters provide important narration through their dialogue to Nelly.
Write about the significance of the ways three writers you have studied create and use suspense in their narratives. In order to answer this question, the definition of suspense must be settled. Oxford dictionary refers to it as “a state or feeling of excited or anxious uncertainty about what may happen”, while Francois Truffaut puts it as “the whodunit is a question of what – “you simply wait to find out who committed the murder” – while suspense is a question of how…” Clearly, suspense plays a major role in dramatic works of media – whether that be a book or a play, for that matter. Nevertheless, this essay will explore the significance of suspense in The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, and some works of Robert Frost. In Kite Runner, the author uses suspense to keep interest with the reader, and mark out the most critical points in the narrative.
Jennings use of foreshadowing helps readers unveil a deep understanding of Robin’s dark thoughts through literary techniques, “My high spirits dissolve like salt in water,” The use of red herrings throughout the novel help represent the use of significant and powerful themes through the use of the thriller conventions. Throughout this novel Paul Jennings use of short stories through the first person narration of Robin, reveals to readers the dark thoughts that continuously surface into Robins mind. Each story reflects upon the problems and obsessions that Robin is experiencing, showing the need to confront the darkness within him, before it completely dominates his mind. "I
How does Susan Hill build up a sense of mystery and tension in the chapter ‘Across the Causeway’ in The Woman in Black? Susan Hill creates tension by using the gothic imagery like dark, mysterious settings, weird characters and places with strange names. The title of the novel itself is symbolic, as black clothes are representative of the gothic genre. Susan Hill also builds a sense of mystery and tension if a couple different ways. This part of the story is important because it reinforces everything that the reader already suspects about the position of Eel Marsh House and provides the reader with specific detail to do with the isolation of the house.
By creating the horrifying setting, the readers can have a feeling that they are also inside the story and watching all these events happening. Also, people have a kind of motion that when they are being horrified, in the meanwhile, they will feel excited at the same time. Therefore, the fog and darkness surrounding the city is an embellishment of the Gothic genre, which impressed me so much. In the century of the book, the people had no picture of what is split personality. In the book, nobody would have think of the idea of two souls living in a person, therefore, it makes the book become more suspicious.
The narrative perspective in The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender establishes the voice of the hard- boiled detective. We read the clichés of the genre- the blond in the bed, the heavy drinking and the hangover and the messy apartment- but Marele Day undercuts and arranges our perceptions by making us realise after a few paragraphs that the narrator is female, not male. This has the effect of establishing the narrative voice as belonging to a multidimensional and interesting character and someone who is unusual. Events and people in the novel are described in detail as it allows the audience to be closely involved in the action. Marele Day uses short sentences to show the fast- paced action as it gives the audience a moment by moment understanding of events.
In the story, Usher recites the poem “The Haunted Mansion.” It is a poem about a palace, once glorious and mighty, becomes “pallid” and “desolate.” At first glance, it may appear to the reader that this is the true meaning of the poem and all that Poe had sought to express. After analyzing the poem though, Its meaning becomes apparent. It is really an allegory about the human mind and how it can become corrupt by paranoia and the delusion of evil. Poe uses several literary devices help the audience understand this allegory. The first and most abundant of these devices used by Poe is personification.
The extract from The Railway Man is very powerful, emotional and hard hitting. The Railway Man ought to be about forgiveness and reconciliation simply accepted and lived out. This extract, however, deals with the fact that forgiveness and reconciliation is complicated. Lomax had become consumed by the psychological trauma of his torture and Mr. Nagase was a demon that haunted his dreams, but likewise Mr. Nagase was haunted by his part in the torture and the need to somehow atone for it. They both came to a point of some kind of forgiveness, but that didn’t erase the pain of the past that Lomax felt, or the need to apologise for Japanese cruelty that Mr. Nagase felt.
This passage from Dorothy Sayers’ The Nine Tailors revolves around a solitary character named Wimsey and his seemingly hellish struggle to climb through the bell tower. We are unsure what motivates him to endure this suffering; whether it is fear that he is running away from, or a goal his is moving towards. However, the author conveys the pain Wimsey must tolerate so vividly, we speculate that whatever the reason, it must merit this apparent torture. Sayers uses a variety of literary devices with the primary objective of illustrating Wimsey’s agony in a way that will paint a picture in our minds and cause us to emphasize with the character. The author applies various types of sound imagery, which seems fitting, as the main topic of the passage is the pain that the sound of the bells causes.