Stories Of A Short Story : Examples Of Suspense In Short Stories

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The Suspense in Short Stories
Every story needs suspense if you want to keep readers interested in your writing, and there are many ways you can add it to your story. A few instances of this are using irony to put the reader on the edge of their seat, clues that readers can pick up on and piece together, and imagery to shape images in readers. Three stories that are great examples of this are The Tell-Tale Heart, The Landlady, and The Red Room.
The main way Edgar Allan Poe makes suspense in the former, The Tell-Tale Heart, is by using irony. For example, it starts with the narrator professing to the audience that he is not insane: “But why do you say that I have lost control of my mind, why do you say that I am mad? Can you not see that I have full control of my mind” (Poe, 1). It is ironic because the narrator refuses to accept the fact that he is insane even though the readers know he is due to his strange and dangerous behaviors; this creates suspense by making the reader feel unsure of what to believe since this makes the narrator out to be unreliable, and makes them uneasy of what the narrator may do next as they keep spiraling down into their madness and paranoia. Another instance of irony in the story is when the narrator is discussing his murderous plan: “[The narrator is] as friendly to the old man as [he can] be, and warm, and loving” (Poe, 2). The irony is that the narrator is anything but this and is planning to murder the old man; deepening suspense by making
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