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SUSPENSE

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SUSPENSE
Write about the most suspenseful
movie
you've ever seen or
book
you've ever read.
1. What made it so suspenseful?
2. How did the suspense make you feel?

The anxiety/nervousness that we feel when we're wondering what will happen next.
Anxiety
: Stress, worry, fear
WHAT IS ITS PURPOSE?
-Author uses it in the
rising action
to build up your emotions as the story nears its highest point of emotion (
CLIMAX
.)
-Our emotions (
anxiety, curiousity, nervousness, fear, excitement, etc.)
make us want to keep reading.
1. Pacing
Speeding up or slowing down the pace of the rising action
Makes reader feel anxious (impatient to find out what is going to happen next.)
Example 1
Example 2
Example 3
Coach Carter:
2. Foreshadowing
Giving hints or clues as to what will happen next
makes you
curious
to find out whether or not your predictions are right.
Example 1
Example 3
3. Danger
Having a main character face
physical harm
, firsthand
Makes reader feel
nervous
/
scared
for character
Example 1
Example 3
Suspense is...
An author/director can create
suspense
using 3 techniques.
As you watch, figure out when, exactly, the director changes the
pace
of the action.
-Does he/she
slow
it down or
speed
it up?
-How does the change of pace make you
feel
?
Gravity
Silence of the lambs
Jaws
Example 2
Monsters inc
As you watch, identify the
hint(s)
that the director introduces to make you guess what will happen next.
-Does he/she intentionally show/tell you something?
-How does the foreshadowing make you
feel
?
As you watch, look for the moment in which the
protagonist
faces a life-threatening physical conflict.
-Against whom/what does he/she struggle? Over what?
-How does the danger make you feel?
Disturbia
Example 2
taken
Practice #1
-Read The
Landlady
by Roald Dahl
-Identify Dahl's use of the
three modes of suspense
(pacing, foreshadowing, danger)

The Gift
Bonus: American Sniper
Bonus: Captain Phillips
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