Heat - Structure: The structure of this story leads you to believe

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Heat - Structure: The structure of this story leads you to believe that the characters death will revolve around the heat. "Heat" Structure: The structure of this story leads you to believe that the characters death will revolve around the heat. In a way this is true. The twin girls go out for a bike ride one hot day to get some ice cream. This is were the tragedies take place. The boy in the ice cream truck, Roger Whipple, lures them back to his house and kills them. So in a way, the title heat is very important because this lets us know why Rhea and Rhoda are going there in the first place, and lets us know more about the two characters better as a whole. This is better for our knowledge rather then just going into the…show more content…
He is someone people would never guess to kill two girls, but the story gives us the perspective of knowing he could be capable of it. The tension grows through out the story, and I believe that it is never relieved. Certain parts of the tension are, but the one main question is never answered. The tension builds when one of the sisters goes up to the room alone, and we know that the one left on the stairs becomes aware that something isn't right. Right at this point we want to know what is going on in the room, and sooner or later we're going to find out. Once Rhea doesn't come down from the room for quite some time, Rhoda follows checking up on her sister, and looking forward to find out what is going on in there. Once she is in the room, we notice that things aren't right, and Roger is the one who kills the two girls. We know that the Rhoda bumps into her twin Rhea wrapped up in the bed clothes, however we never find out how he killed them. This part of the story bugs me because it is something that I wanted to know, and Joyce Oates builds up. I don't think that a writer should build something up so much and never relieve it. This takes away from the story for me. However, others may think that this is what makes it. I would have liked the story that much more if I would have been able to find this out. The problem that I have with this is that Roger's room is described as empty and lonely. Yes, he would be capable of killing these two girls with
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