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Predictability of Surprise.

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Predictability of Surprise Keeping the reader interested in a literary work has been the main focus of all authors who have written a novel. Several things may contribute to weather a reader is interested and absorbed in a novel. Although many other techniques are used, the elements of predictability and surprise are frequently used to effectively sustain a reader's interest. The effectiveness of using both predictability and surprise in a literary work can be easily seen in The Death of Ivan Ilyich, by Leo Tolstoy, and The Makioka Sisters, by Junichiro Tanizaki. The element of predictability is not as valued by amateur writers, but is equally important in sustaining the reader's interest. The element of surprise is nothing without the reader's confidence in his or her own predictions to a story's outcome. This confidence in the reader can only be achieved through its progress over time by predictability throughout the novel. ...read more.


This will have the reader foretell that Taeko will never get married to Okubata ever since he changed throughout the novel. Tanizaki also uses predictability when the cherry blossoms bloom every year. When they do bloom than the Makioka sisters will usually come together for an important event in the novel. Both Tolstoy and Tanizaki have utilized predictability suitably in these ways. The component of surprise is viewed by many authors as the easiest way to briefly obtain and sustain a reader's full interest. Leo Tolstoy utilizes the element of surprise numerous times in his novel, The Death of Ivan Ilyich. Near the beginning of his novel, the reader follows a few of Ivan Ilyich's old friends through his funeral. Immediately the reader is dismayed by the emotions of the attending friends; they are not inwardly moved at all by the death of one of their dearest friends. ...read more.


The Death of Ivan Ilyich and The Makioka Sisters are an influence to all other writers because they include the best examples of surprise and predictability. Junichiro Tanizaki and Leo Tolstoy were very distinguished writers who portrayed the correct use of surprise and predictability countless times throughout their many novels. Predictability and Surprise, if used correctly in a novel, could not only maintain the reader's interest but it will also bring the author a great deal of money through the number one seller in the New York Post. Tuesday, September 16, 2003 To: Mrs. Berini From: Abdel-Rahman Ashour Subject: Paper about the summer readings This paper here is the first of many I assume. I had the essay topic of seeing how both surprise and predictability are used to sustain the reader. It was an okay topic but it wasn't one of my favorites. Even though, I hope you have a good time reading this and for you to be in a good mood when you do. ...read more.

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