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Suspense Used as a Ploy to Keep the Reader Engaged in The Destructors” by Graham Greene and “The Most Dangerous” Game by Richard Connell

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“The Destructors” by Graham Greene and “The Most Dangerous” Game by Richard Connell reveal similarities in both conflict, and brilliant use of suspense in a ploy to keep the reader engaged. The two short stories both hold interesting titles and take place in realistic environments under unrealistic circumstances. Nonetheless both stories relay vague similarities that create a proactive willingness to further explore the stories beyond the first few seconds of reading.
The conflict in both short stories was the main characters ability to make a life-altering decision that would dictate their immediate future. Blackee was faced with the ultimate decision as to if he would allow Trevor otherwise known as T. to lead the group without his
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The people that The General referred to as a training class to be hunted receive the most sympathy considering they were at the disposal of a maniac and had only been traveling when they encountered this trap of an island.
Both of the short stories harvest suspense which is often used by authors as a ploy to keep the reader actively engaged. The Antagonist being Trevor in “The Destructors” meticulously formulated a plan and strategy that would help the Gang to successfully destroy Old Misery. The reader is first faced with the suspense as to if they will follow through. Even the characters in the story wee curious as to what the outcome would be. Ultimately they were concerned with the outcome of their disaster once Mr. Thomas arrived to what were now the remains of his once beautiful home. The suspense continued when the old man was due to arrive in his home earlier than expected and T.’s unwillingness to accept the damages they had done and move on to escape possible jail time.
The Most Dangerous Game” Held a consistent trail of suspense from beginning to end. The first arrival of suspense came when Rainsford and Whitney were looking at the Shipwreck Island in plain sight and still approaching the island. The author leads the reader to suspect
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