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The ways in which the authors make use of suspense - " Bang Bang Who's? Dead?", "The Dress"and "The Tell-Tale Heart".

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The Ways in Which the Authors Make Use of Suspense My essay is a discussion of the different ways in which the imagination of the reader is engaged by suspense. The stories I am discussing are " Bang Bang Who's? Dead?" "The Dress", "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The case for the defence" and "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde". Suspense is a state of uncertainly, anticipation and curiosity as to the outcome of a story or play. The Parts of which I am going to discuss are narrative, characterisation and atmosphere. In "Bang Bang Who's? Dead?" the way in which suspense is shown is by the withholding of detail. The detail is withheld by not knowing how the girl died because there were no cars and in the story it says "she was a child of the house who was run over at the drive gates" then it says "But there were no motor cars like that when children wore stockings and pinafores". There is also the withholding of detail when Fran's mum says " and would like to live in a house with ...". Straight after her mum said this Fran says, " Is it haunted?" Then the story says "she new things even before you had even thought of them" This gives a clue to the reader to suggest that Fran is not a normal child because she has some sort of physic power. ...read more.


It also makes you think how you would deal with it always on your conscience. In "The Dress" suspense starts off when it says" His shirt was torn and the blood dry on his blades which gives a clue that he is not an ordinary man. "He smiled like a cat" is another clue to tell that he is not an ordinary man. When the owl hooted tells you that something bad is going to happen. This makes the reader think what bad thing is going to happen. You finally get told what sort of man he is. He is a madman, which makes you think even more about what bad thing he could do. He keeps on thinking about some girl which makes you think if he is going to do something bad to her. The description of the man " He had green eyes" which makes you think what the rest of him looks like. What he says about what he did to his wife makes you think again about what he could do to this girl he wants to see. It asks a rhetorical" what became of the woman?". This engages your imagination to think what happened. In " Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" suspense starts when it gives a description of the door, which makes you think what is behind the door. ...read more.


When Poole takes Utterson to Jekyll's room to confirm that it is not Jekyll's voice. This makes you think whose voice it could be. When Poole says that he has seen the man you this makes you anticipate what he looks like. When Poole tells Utterson that the figure is Hyde this makes you curious because you think that Hyde wants to murder Jekyll. You are uncertain why Hyde has not destroyed Jekyll's will. When you hear that Lanyon is to be visited by a stranger you want to know who it is. When you read that Jekyll and Hyde are the same person you are uncertain why this happens and want to know more. You are curious why Jekyll wanted a double life. When you hear that Hyde is growing stronger you think what it must be like to be Jekyll. My personal response is it that all the stories showed suspense in different ways. In "Bang Bang Who's? Dead?" suspense is shown by the little girls transformation into a ghost. In "The Tell-Tale Heart" suspense is shown the killer stalking and killing the old man because of his eye. In "The Case for the Defence" suspense is shown by the murder trial and one of the convicted dying. In "The Dress" a madman trying to find a girl and remembering what he did to his wife shows suspense. In "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" suspense is shown by the transformation of Jekyll into Hyde and back again. Sam Pullinger 9W ...read more.

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