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An analysis of the ways in which Thomas Hardy creates suspense in Chapter 56 of “Tess of the D’Urbervilles” with reference to Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell Tale Heart”.

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An analysis of the ways in which Thomas Hardy creates suspense in Chapter 56 of "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" with reference to Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell Tale Heart". Tess of the D'Urbervilles was written by Thomas Hardy, born in the 19th century. He wrote many important novels such as the mayor of Casterbridge. Tess of the D'Urbervilles is a story set in Victorian times and is about a young girl called Tess who has a tragic and troublesome life, Tess manages to get involved with a man called Alec Stokes. Tess gets pregnant with this man and she leaves for a neighbouring village when the baby is due to be born. She has the baby, but it dies. After this Tess leaves Alec and finds love elsewhere with a man called Angel Clare. Angel is completely different to Alec, Angel is respectful, he doesn't know about the dead baby or Alec. But on the wedding night Tess decides to tell angel about her past and this leads angel leaving her and Tess goes back to Alec. Chapter 56 begins with Alec and Tess staying in a hotel. ...read more.

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This is called a soliloquy: when someone stands on there own and talks mainly about how they feel. Finally the reader knows what's going on in the story, this is reliving for the reader. This section begins with the continuation of the sad speech which Tess is giving to the readers and Alec. Mrs Brooks is still listening and looking through the keyhole on to this conversation, this is again for the story to be told. Also the whole idea of Mrs Brooks doing something she shouldn't be doing also adds to the suspense, even though you hardly know the character, the reader still doesn't want her to be caught by Alec or Tess. Tess then bites her lips so hard they bleed; this is perhaps a hint to the murder that is coming up later in the chapter. It's a symbol showing that everything isn't alright and that the story may get bloody and gruesome. In the section Tess is given a snake type figure and quality. There is also very long and complex syntax in this section. Most of the wording needs supporting words. ...read more.

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Also in tell tale heart we get the story from a first person view, the main crazy character. This means it could be biased in that the story is made up entirely from the one point of view. The person is very self contained and refers to 'I' much too often and the rule of three is used like hardy did: "boasting again, not the man that bothering him, it's the eye. A different form of suspense is used to hardy in form of the ticking of a clock "the minute hand moves faster than his..." this ticking creates tension in that he has a certain amount of time to finish his job. The symbols in Hardy's text refer to the murder genre, as in tall tale heart the symbols point to more of the horror genre. In tell tale heart for example there are things like the murder setting, "is black as pitch" giving a gothic evil kind of image and how the madman refers to the murder as God like and very powerful. The syntax near the end is full of short sentences similar to Hardy's, these sentences mirror the fast paced and panicky actions which are going on in the story. Robert Townsend Coursework Essay. ...read more.

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