Why Does Edgar Allan Poe Use Of Suspense Essay

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“The Tell-Tale Heart” and the “The Pit and the Pendulum” are short stories filled with suspense. Throughout both stories, the author Edgar Allan Poe uses the technique of suspense. In the story, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, Poe builds suspense and tension over whether the narrator will actually kill the man, and then over whether he will be caught, also the choice of words, punctuation, repetition, psychosis and, imagery he chooses makes a very effect gothic story, and lastly, Poe increases suspense by foreshadowing murder. During the story, “The Pit and the Pendulum”, he uses his literary devices to make the readers see what is happening, secondly, Poe uses vivid descriptions of things, when he wants to make something stand out to the reader, and he builds suspense over whether the pendulum is going to kill him or not. While reading the, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, Poe builds suspense and tension over whether the narrator will actually kill the man, and then over whether he will be caught. This is because Poe is writing it so that the narrator is telling the story, detail by detail until he gets to the part about killing the old…show more content…
The narrator says, “I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him (Poe 3). Another example is “The disease had sharpened my senses--not destroyed--not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell” (Poe 3). These lines foreshadow what had happened at the end of the story. While reading “The Pit and the Pendulum” it is clear that Poe builds suspense and tension over whether the pendulum is going to kill him or not. Hanging from the figure is a gigantic pendulum with a crescent razor and swinging slowly back and forth. The pendulum is inexorably sliding downwards and will eventually kill him if he can not
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