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Never Stop on the Motorway

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Ellie Proctor

on 28 January 2016

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Transcript of Never Stop on the Motorway

Never Stop on the Motorway
There's multiple types of emotions that could cause you to make decisions quicker than usual. For Diana, it was fear. The thought of being followed and murdered by her pursuer drove her to act in a quick instant. For others, it can be hate and fear driven by discriminatory beliefs.
Summary
The short story "Never Stop on the Motorway" by Jeffery Archer took place in the late 1900's in London, England. A single mother of two and the Director of a small but thriving finance company - Diana - began the end of her busy week. On her drive home, speeding down the motorway trying to beat the traffic, she abruptly struck a cat that ran out into the middle of the street. She pulled over, stepping out of her car to examine it. Diana had killed the cat. She brought it over to a ditch on the shoulder of the road and wished it a peaceful rest - an act of sympathy. She then got back into her car and kept driving. Soon after, she came to a horrible realization - a black truck was following alarmingly close to her car. She slowed down giving them room to pass, but they never did. Diana didn’t think much of it at first but then she remembered an old headline. A women was kidnapped off this very motorway, raped, and murdered. She started to panic. Is this man looking at her as his next victim?


Elements of Mystery
There's more to a mystery than
the unknown
and your typical shady
characters
. Every well written mystery gives their readers
clues
. Some authors choose to give authentic ones and others throw you for a loop using
red herrings
- another element of mystery. One of the most critical elements is
suspense
. It's what makes the reader asks questions, what forces their mind into believing there's someone behind them. Another essential element is
evidence
. You can't prove that something happened without having anything to back up the accusations and theories.
Setting
is an important component to have when writing a mystery aswell. Depending on the time period or country, the things used to solve the crime and the crime committed may have a different significance. And whether or not the author reveals the unknown, there's always a
conclusion
. Sometimes, what's concluded is that you'll never know the unknown.
Foreshadowing
Real Mystery
Irony
The Story
Jonathan Ferrell was a college graduate who moved to Charlotte, North Carolina to be with his fiance. Then he had a car accident. But that wasn't what killed him. He died due to the ignorance and violence of others around him. After crawling out of the wrecked vehicle, Ferrell knocked on the door of someone in the neighborhood, seeking assistance. Instead, the neighbor called 911 and told the police someone was trying to break their door down. Within seconds of arriving on the scene, one of the officers shot Jonathan - who was unarmed - 10 times. The real mystery here is how the police officer thought he was justified in firing at a civilian almost a dozen times with no evidence of a crime being committed except one person's false assumption.
By Ellie Proctor
And
Jada Bethea

Summary(continued)
They wouldn’t stop following her. She tried to get a glimpse of what the driver looked like, but their headlights were too bright. When she sped up, they sped up. When she slowed down, they slowed down. She was dripping in sweat trying to lose the truck that was still only inches from her back bumper.
A heated pursuit goes on until she arrives home, the truck still following her. As she drove up her driveway, full speed, she honked and flashed her headlights in an attempt to get her ex-husbands attention who was inside the house. She yelled at him to get the shotgun, not sure about what was going to take place next.
The man in the big black truck got out of his car at gunpoint. Nervously, he explained to them at the mercy of the gun, that he was no killer. He merely saw Diana get out of her car to help the cat when a man get into her back seat. He was following her so he could get her attention and pull over which she never did since she thought he was a killer. They opened the backseat door to find none other then the man he described, crouched down, knife in hand. The same alleged knife he used to kill his other victims. They held him at gunpoint until the police arrived.

Story Analysis
No crime was committed, but there was attempted murder and plans for a assault and rape. Jeffrey Archer withheld and angled information from the reader. He presented the story in a way that made the reader react in the same way the protagonist (Diana) did. We assumed that the man following her in the truck was trying to harm her... but in reality the man following her was trying to save her life. The red herring in the story kept the reader to come to conclusion that wasn't the end result. This technique was successful in tricking the reader.
Foreshadowing is like tasting a food sample. You get a preview of what's yet to come. Jerry Archer gave us a taste of anxiety when Diana, the protagonist, tries to let the driver in back of her move around her. To Diana's confusion and dismay, the car made no attempt to pass. Later, we found out that the vehicle in back of Diana was following her. The title of the story, "Never Stop On The Motorway" was also used to foreshadow. Immediately after reading it, you're able to predict that something terribly wrong must happen after a character in the story stops on the motorway. When Diana pulls over after hitting the cat, the reader becomes warry because we know she's made a mistake.
"Never Stop On The Motorway" consist of
Situation Irony
. This type of irony involves a discrepancy between what's expected to happen and what actually occurs. When reading the story the reader believes that the person pursuing Diana is making an attempt to murder or kidnap her. However, in reality, the person following Diana is trying to save her life from a man who jumped in her car after she stopped to look at the cat on the motorway.
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