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Discuss the techniques Harper Lee uses in Chapter 15 to create Tension

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Discuss the techniques Harper Lee uses in Chapter 15 to create Tension. This essay will a brief explanation on how Harper Lee creates tension. I will also show the different techniques Lee used to show tension such, as action, speech and description. Tension can be when there is a friction between two or more parties. This could be when nobody knows what to say to each other, like meeting for the first time, creating a nervous atmosphere. Tension can also be when someone is stressed or anxious about something that has just happened or is going to happen, like an exam in school. ...read more.


Jem and Scout know that something is wrong, otherwise he wouldn't have sent them back inside. They start to worry about Atticus. They know something is about to happen, they can't do anything about. This is an apprehensive form of tension, when someone is worried by something that is going to happen. Secondly, when Atticus returns to the house after his confrontation with Heck Tate and the others, the atmosphere is tense because Scout and Jem want to know what happened outside. 'They were going to get you, weren't they?'. This adds to the tension of the moment, because Atticus wouldn't know how to respond to that. ...read more.


This is a tense situation because neither Atticus nor the mob want a fight, so each is waiting to see what the other will do, so this creates a tense stand off, as they are both poised to make a move. Finally, after following Atticus to the jail, Scout starts explaining to him why she was telling Mr Cunningham about his Financial affairs. Everyone ends up staring at Scout, who becomes nervous, because she doesn't want to make a false move, she stops talking and stays still, making the moment more tense. " I could stand anything but a bunch of people looking at me'. Harper Lee depicts tense situations by her use of description. Her good use of words and phrases allow you empathise with how a character feels. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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