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Transcript of SUSPENSE
Suspense in the Media
A Quick Story
Listen carefully to a traditional psychological thriller story. Record details that you hear that identify Sounds, Sights, and Feelings
Definition of Suspense
Literary Devices for Suspense
Reviewing the elements of
Listen to the following music clips. Record a list of adjectives that help identify the feeling the music creates. You may not use the word suspenseful
Suspense: The feeling of fascination or excitement mixed with apprehension, tension, and anxiety developed from an unpredictable and mysterious source.
Suspense Occurs when:
1. Audience expects something to happen
2. The author has created a character that the reader cares about
3. When the audience believes they have a better perspective than the character
Types of Suspense:
physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, or relational
The specific and intentional choice of words by an author.
The emotional feeling or atmosphere that is created for the audience.
In Suspense it will center on the feeling of uncertainty
A sign, warning, or clue within a story about what is going to happen
The act of repeating, or doing, saying or writing something again for emphasis or effect. In this case to create a desired response in the reader.
Imagery means to use figurative language to represent objects, actions and ideas in such a way that it appeals to our physical senses. SENSORY DETAILS
Figurative Language like similes, metaphors, and personification help the reader's imagination form a shared experience with the author.
It helps the audience create a vivid mental picture
Imagery appeals to the FIVE Senses.
Pace: The speed at which a writer takes a reader through the story and the rate at which tension is built.
Pace is determined by:
Amount of details
The amount of dialogue and internal thoughts
The Dramatic Question:
The single most important element
Focused on the outcome and success of the protagonist
The reader wants to answer "yes" so the obstacles keep us guessing
For Example: Will Harry Potter be able to fulfill his destiny and defeat Voldemort?
The story must make things difficult for the character...The obstacle; the rising action; the tension.
The audience must connect with the character. The writer must create a sympathetic believable character and reveal traits early in the story.
The character must be:
The story is successful when you have a sympathetic character trying to overcome any obstacle.
You (the reader) becomes emotionally invested and MOTIVATED to answer the DRAMATIC QUESTION
When someone you like in is trouble, you have to turn the page!
Watch this clip from Jurassic Park and record the details that help support the elements of Suspense.
Practice with Writing: Complete the same exercise with this small paragraph. Look for the elements of suspense that are present in the writing.
A door banged. Claire jumped. What was that? It wasn't Mr. Jakes because she could now hear him whistling at the other end of the playground. Out of the silence, she heard steps. Somebody was coming closer. Somebody, or something, was coming down the corridor. Nearer. She stood still, so still that even the chairs and tables froze with her. Carefully, she peered around the edge of the door. A shadow slipped, quick as a knife, into the next classroom. Claire clenched her fist around the pen, her heart racing faster.
Look at your journal entry from last Friday.
Revise your journal to include the following:
1. a simile
3. Three specific word changes for Diction
5. Describe one item using visual details
UNDERLINE your revisions and LABEL them in the margin