Edgar Allan Poe

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Short Stories Writing Assignment
Mood and Suspense
1. Introduction
Attention Grabber: Edgar Allan Poe is an American author best known for his tales of mystery Connection: He has written numerous short stories and of those many are about horror. Sentence that flows: In the "Pit and the Pendulum" Poe demonstrates his skills of creating mood and suspense. Thesis: Edgar Allan Poe’s expertise in creating mood and suspense in best seen through his use of imagery, symbolism, and word choice 2. Body Par

Topic: Poe uses imagery by using an object that is not really there in order to create a visual comparison Example: "I gasped and struggled at each vibration. I shrunk convulsively an its every sweep. My eyes followed its outward or upward whorls with the eagerness of the most unmeaning despair; they closed themselves spasmodically at the descent..." (Poe 298). Explanation: Poe creates this image in one's head. When thought about the pendulum being swung around his body creates fear in the readers mind. Poe does this on purpose. Example: "These shadows of memory tell, indistinctly, of tall figures that lifted and bore me in silence down-down-still down-till a hideous dizziness oppressed me at the mere idea of the interminableness of the descent" (Poe 292). Explanation: Poe uses this phrase to have the reader feel for the prisoner and also to create suspense. Summary: Poe imagery as a strong point to create mood and suspense 3. Body Par

Topic: Symbolism is a literary device that can be used for creating mood and suspense. Example: "The first stoke of the razor-like crescent athwart any portion of the band could so detach it that it might be unwound from my person by means of my left hand. But how fearful, in that case, the proximity of the steel! The result of the slightest struggle, how deadly!" (Poe 298). Explanation: The pendulum is symbolic because it represents the time remaining for the narrator to survive. Example: "I put forward my arm, and...
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