The Valley of the Fear - Essay

1682 Words7 Pages
Analytical essay Adrian Flynn’s playwright “The Valley of the Fear”, adapted from the novel by Conan Doyle, demonstrates how the writer uses techniques to convey an impression of suspense and mystery through scenes with a high level of anticipation and uncertainty. Suspense is achieved through the use of literary devices and events that stimulate the viewer’s moods. Readers wait with anticipation for the next secret to be revealed in strong, sudden scenes. Furthermore, Doyle creates a sense of tension by never giving the reader an entire answer so they can make up their own mind about what’s happening. The murder of John Douglas illustrates how the playwright is punctuated at times with strong, sudden scenes to keep you on edge. Someone…show more content…
It also emphasises the feeling of trust for the narrator since he’s sharing so many details. In order to further amplify this technique created by Doyle, conversation is short, sharp and factual ciphered to make sure that only facts are conveyed to the reader so that he or she can make up his or her own mind about what’s happening. Doyle doesn’t force his opinions on them and this makes it more realistic. An example of this type of conversation is the exchange between Holmes... Mystery and suspense is conveyed by never giving the reader an entire answer, which causes the reader to read on. No, I don’t say that. I don’t say he can’t be beat. But you must give me time... you must give me time! Watson: Dear Mr Holmes, i will go no further in this matter. It is too dangerous. He suspects me. Please burn the cipher message, which can now be of no use to you. Fred Porlock McMurdo sits down, take out a letter, and briefly looks at it. Then, surreptitiously, he takes a revolver from an inside pocket, checks that it’s loaded, and puts it back. Holmes reads a disguised note with the clues 534...C2...13...’Holmes interprets this as some crime about to occur. Alternating settings from Birlstone manor to Vermissa Valley ensures the reader is always guessing to what happens next. Since the details are so unbelievable in themselves, Doyle ensures that the
Get Access