Horror and Suspense in Bierce's Work Essay

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Horror and Suspense in Bierce's Work

A novel is divided into different chapters and usually has different plots to focus on. In a novel there are lots of characters and the time scale is constantly changing throughout. Because there is more than one theme and there are different messages coming across of combined themes, makes the novel denser and more complicated to understand and to take in all the description.

Ambrose Bierce wrote a lot of short stories and some we have studied and analysed. In a short story there is usually only one plot and the event usually carries on in the same setting. There are usually a couple of characters and one hidden message which makes the short stories more to the point and very direct.
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I found that the stories are frightening because they are more into psychological horror. Bierce’s stories make us think of the supernatural and things that cannot be rationalised and things that we cannot see or understand. The horror and suspense and things that are not tangible he creates in an incredible way through his use of characters and the establishing atmosphere.

The language used by Bierce is very effective and highly descriptive as he uses a different for of English language giving every last detail. This is because he wrote this in the nineteen hundreds and the
English he writes seems like a whole different language to us.

‘Staley Fleming’s Hallucination,’ is a very effective piece of writing as Bierce tends to create a sense of horror and suspense and keeps it going to the very end of the story. What I like about this short story is the way Staley Fleming thinks he is ‘loony’ from the very start but the physician tends to think that it is guilt coming back on him as he assumes Staley Fleming murdered Atwell Barton, a great enemy of
Staley’s, and that this dog that appears to him is the loyal dog of
Atwell Barton’s. At the end of the story it states that ‘when the man was dead an examination disclosed the unmistakable marks of animal’s fangs.’ I found this very interesting and very frightening as there was no animal in the room and the physician said, ‘I should have thought this, believing
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