The Tell Tale Heart Suspense Analysis

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Have you seen a movie or read a book that kept you on the edge of your seat? Suspense is a state or feeling of uncertainty about what is going to happen and is often used to keep the reader entertained and interested. This feeling of suspense is often created through cause-and-effect relationships where something happens that builds tension. “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Monkey’s Paw” create a feeling of suspense through cause-and-effect relationships by describing the characters’ feeling that something is going to happen which then builds a sense of panic for both the characters and the reader and that panic turns nearly frantic near the climax of the stories.

“The Monkey’s Paw” is a great example of suspense created by cause-and-effect relationships. “The Monkey’s Paw” is about Mr. White, Mrs. White, and Herbert White who receive a monkey’s paw that will grant three wishes from a man named Sergeant-Major Morris. The story is set in the mid
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Without the narrator’s panic, the story would not be suspenseful and readers may not be as interested. This proves that the authors of “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Monkey’s Paw” use frantic emotion and the feelings of characters to build a feeling of suspense.

The character’s feeling that something will happen and the frantic end to the stories are ways both “The Monkey’s Paw” and “The Tell-Tale Heat” build suspense for the reading audience through cause-and-effect relationships. Without cause-and-effect relationships, stories would lack an interesting plot line. Suspense, the feeling that something is going to happen, is a result of one of these cause-and-effect relationships. In the stories, the authors’ ability to make both the characters and the reader feel a sense of tension and anxiety help to make the plot more dramatic and

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