Suspense In The Landlady By Roald Dahl

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Suspense; an element of writing that effectively gives anxiety to the reader, drawing them in ever so closely. They can be created by the most obscure skepticisms and details developed by an author’s foreshadowing, particularly created by Roald Dahl. Dahl is known for many books and short stories, especially due to his foreshadowing throughout all his stories. One of the best examples of this is “The Landlady”, where Roald Dahl uses foreshadowing in order to create a sense of anxiety between the reader and the main character, Billy Weaver. In the story “The Landlady”, Roald Dahl incorporates realistic events such as Bath, England, hypnosis, and cyanide poisoning to develop suspense throughout the story. Dahl develops suspense throughout “The Landlady” by introducing an unfamiliar location for Billy Weaver; Bath, England. Since Dahl set the story in Bath, an undoubtedly shabby city, he increases Billy Weaver’s tension, which many feel when they are in a new place. Due to Billy’s nervousness of the unaccustomed environment, he accepts multiple peculiarities of the Landlady that he may not have at home. For instance, Billy fails to recognize the odd selectiveness of applicants the Landlady has. “ ‘But the trouble is that I am inclined to be just a teeny weeny bit choosy and particular- if you see what I mean’” (Dahl 2). Dahl forms suspense with the reader as they begin to question whether Billy Weaver will discover the Landlady's horrific intentions. However, it is quite
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