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The Role Of Suspense In 'The Sniper'

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“The sniper turned over the dead body and looked into his brother's face.” What mood can be inferred from this text from “The Sniper” by Liam O'Flaherty? Along with “Once Upon a Time” by Nadine Gordimer “The Sniper” uses techniques to build suspense in the stories. “The Sniper” talks of life as a soldier for a sniper in war. “Once upon a Time” talks about the happily ever after bedtime story the author came up with in his sleep. In both the text previously presented the authors use techniques as description, plot development and characterization.

Description is how the author uses the text to bring out tension in the text. In the first text, “The Sniper”, sets up the story by stating “Dublin lay enveloped in darkness but for the dim light
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“The eyes of a man who is used to looking at death” the reader would think that since the sniper is so used to looking a death then he would not be affected not putting too much energy into it the author later states “he became bitten by remorse.” creating tension because the sniper was not suppose to have a reaction he was a soldier he should be moving to the next enemy not being struck by guilt. In the second story the author sets these characters up to be the happily ever after that everyone wants even using the word happy ever after in her/his story. The author states “they had a housemaid who was absolutely trustworthy” and “in the suburbs” too make it seem as if there is nothing that could go wrong in this beautiful place of after happily ever after but it this that leads to their downfall. In the end the author uses characterization to make the readers even more surprise because what could go wrong when society says you're doing everything right.

The authors of both “Once Upon a Time” and “The Sniper” did a great job at building suspense in there story. Using description to bring out important details and keep the reader in involve. Then carefully constructing so that the plot were to that it brings a twist or build to the plot twist with the author use of plot development. The authors use characterization to make
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