The Wife 's Story By Ursula K. Le Guin

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Roger Ebert once said "Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you." In the short story "The Wife 's Story" Ursula K. Le Guin creates the mood of suspense by using foreshadowing and other literary devices. Suspense is a state or feeling of excited or anxious uncertainty about what may happen. The entire story is filled with the state of feeling of uncertainty as the wife solely alludes to the major event. It is also obscured in mystery. The story begins with a description of the husband. "He was a good husband, a good father" (Le Guin 3), "He was always gentle" (Le Guin 3). These lines create confusion, it makes the audience question. In order for the questions to be answered finalizing the story would have to be done. This foreshadows what will occur later on the story. Le Guin tells about how they first met and about how his sophistication attracted her. The wife exalted the husbands integrity. The husband was a good father and was well liked. " He was just purely good to me. A hard worker and never lazy, and so big and fine-looking. Everybody looked up to him..... He had such a beautiful voice" (Le Guin 4). To the wife the husband seemed perfect. However, things began to take a dark turn when the wife started to discuss these events. "It was the moon, that’s what they say. It 's the moon 's fault, and the blood. It was in his father 's blood" (Le Guin 4). Members of the community blamed the moon, a connection with blood and the moon. The

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