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Confession Found in Prison

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How Does Charles Dickens Create Tension Charles Dickens starts his story with a very light atmosphere with him describing a man who was sent abroad to fight for his country and how he was sent home and so he retired from the service. He doesn't expand on his experiences from the war at all, which maybe could be due to shame or loss of character. His wife and he then withdrew to the estate inherited by his wife which then belonged to him, as this was the done thing in at that time. After such a light hearted opening the atmosphere drops dramatically as he says "this is the last night I have to live", this then causes the reader to want to read on with the question in the back of their head, why is that the last night he has to live? In that same paragraph he says "I was never a brave man, and had always been from my childhood of a secret, distrustful nature" this straight away informs the reader of the nature of this man, but I found this strange that ...read more.


her protection" I was very curious as to why he called his brother's wife to his bed-side rather than his brother, maybe he also shared the suspicions that not all was normal with his brother. "Perhaps I hide the truth from myself, but I do not think that when this began, I meditated to do him any wrong" at this point I believe he is realising that something is wrong with him and I found the tension rising as the reader is then wondering what the man is contemplating to do to the child, he implies that he is thinking of killing the child when he says "I was under a fascination which made it a kind a business with me to contemplate his slight and fragile figure and think how easily it might be done" it obviously being the killing, but with this statement he felt no remorse for what he was saying, which I found quite abnormal which of course this man is. "I spent days in shaping with my pocket knife a rough model of a boat, which I finished and dropped in the ...read more.


After three days of ceaseless watching of the plot of grass, two officers visited about the "missing" child on the fourth. "Then I sat down with my chair upon the grave", I am sure he did this so as long as he was sat upon the grave nothing could be discovered. Later on a pair of bloodhounds came into the garden and started circling around the chair the man sat on the atmosphere gets very heated as everyone is shouting at each other "In heavens name move! Or you will be torn to pieces" shouted one of the officers, "let them tear me limb from limb, I'll never leave this place", I think this is where the officers were aware of the man's crime, as he would rather get torn limb from limb by the two bloodhounds than give up his position where his secret lay. "I am alone in this evil dungeon with my evil spirit, I die tomorrow" I think he is now along the line of thinking that him dying would part him from his evil spirit. I think this is because he knows he deserves to die, just as the child didn't. ...read more.

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