Suspense In Edgar Allan Poe

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Have you ever wondered why you might find yourself on the edge of your seat at a horror movie? Or, maybe you find your heart racing once you get to the climax of a certain novel? Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most famous American authors known for his dark tales and poems. When reading his works, many feel drawn to them because of wanting to know what will happen to the characters. In many of his stories and poems, Poe uses different elements of suspense that contribute to the plot and features they have. In, The Raven and The Pit and the Pendulum, the creation of suspense is shown through the utilization of sound devices, imagery, and allusions. Poe creates suspense in The Raven and The Pit and The Pendulum by using sound devices. In, The Raven, he specifically uses alliteration, or the repetition of consonants in a sentence. “And the silken, sad, uncertain rustling of each purple curtain…” (citation) Poe is demonstrating suspense here because it is showing the dark description of the environment the narrator finds himself in. The alliteration in the sentence paired with the adjectives (sad, uncertain) forms the idea that something is not right with the setting, which leads the reader to feel suspense from this line. In Poe’s story, The Pit and the Pendulum, the presence of suspense is shown by the repetition of words. In this quote, the narrator is mentally preparing himself for the fate that awaited him soon. “It would fray the serge of my robe- it would repeat its

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