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English - Surprise!

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Kayla Adair

on 19 April 2013

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Transcript of English - Surprise!

Surprise! Which story did you read? The Sniper Describe the physical setting of the story. Which words or descriptions contribute to the emotional setting or mood? What is the mood that results from the author’s use of description? What is the theme? How do the final lines of the story influence the meaning or theme of the story? What techniques does the author use to create suspense throughout the story? Do you think the techniques you identified in question four were effective? Did they create suspense for you? In your opinion, what technique could be used more effectively? What techniques does the author use to create a surprise ending? Were you surprised by the twist? If so, why? If not, what should the author have done to make the ending more surprising and effective? What was your experience in reading this story? Did it evoke fear or physically have an effect on you? Why or why not? The story took place in Dublin on a June night. "The long June twilight faded into night. Dublin lay enveloped in darkness but for the dim light of the moon that shone through fleecy clouds, casting a pale light as of approaching dawn over the streets and the dark waters of the Liffey." The short story is about a sniper who sat waiting with his rifle, on a rooftop near O'Connell Bridge. Suddenly, there was a flash and a bullet whizzed over his head. He ended up getting hurt, but in the end, the sniper turned over the dead body and looked into his brother's face. The author used alliterations, similes, and descriptive words to help paint a realistic picture in his story. I felt the author did a good job to endure suspense in his readers. "Here and there through the city, machine guns and rifles broke the silence of the night, spasmodically, like dogs barking on lone farms." Because of his use in a simile in this sentence, I knew that the gun shots were causing quite the noise that night. I feel the author could have used onomatopoeia's to help describe the sounds that were occurring that night. The author ended the story by sending the sniper to turn over the dead body and when he looked at the man he had just shot, he realized he was looking into his brother's face. I was surprised by the ending. I was surprised by the twist at the end. I was surprised because I was not expecting the dead man to be the snipers brother. The story evoked suspense in me more than fear. There were many twist of events, and many things that surprised me, but I was never once scared. Create your own story with a twist ending. Write a synopsis of the story up to the ending, and then fully develop the ending. Use at least three techniques that create suspense and a twist ending. Identify the techniques by labeling them. Jackson and Kassie have been friends since they were in elementary school. Once they got to high school they dated until Jackson said it would be better if they stayed friends, to which Kassie agreed. It is the summer of their senior year now and they are both going to separate colleges. Kassie has always had feelings for Jackson and was planning on telling him before he leaves. They decide to meet up at a local restaurant before Jackson boarded his flight. Jackson made the reservations. Kassie looked in the mirror and took a deep breath. She had been up all night thinking of how she was going to tell him, how he would react, and how goodbye would feel. Lost in a trance of thought, she was quickly interrupted by the ringing of her phone. It had been going off for the last 30 minutes. She reached for her phone and held the end button till her phone turned off. “No distractions, not today” she murmured. She quickly finished getting ready and headed out to her car. As she drove down the road she looked down at the clock. “12:30, I'm early” she said. She sat in the restaurant parking lot for a moment going over what she was going to say. The anticipation was killing her so she opened her car door and proceeded into the restaurant. “Reservations for two?” said the young hostess in the front. Kassie smiled and nodded her head. The hostess pointed to a table at the back of the restaurant. As Kassie approached the table her heart was pounding louder than a drum set. She noticed a letter sitting on top of the table and began to read it. “Hey Kassie! My flight was changed to an earlier time. I tried calling and texting you but for some reason my call wasn't going through. Anyways, I’m really going to miss you, see you next year! -Jackson” Create an alternate twist ending of the story that you read in the lesson. Summarize any changes that you would need to make to the rest of the story for your ending to make sense, and then fully develop your alternate ending. Use at least three techniques that create suspense and a twist ending. Identify the techniques by labeling them. When the sniper reached land on street level, he felt a sudden sadness as to who the identity of the enemy sniper whom he had killed was. He had a horrible feeling that he had just shot a loved one. Perhaps there was some confusion. Maybe he was just getting mixed signals. He decided to risk going over to have a look at the person. He peered around the corner into O'Connell Street. In the upper part of the street it was quite, but around here it was heavy firing.

The sniper attempted to dart across the street. A machine gun tore up the ground around him with a hail of bullets. He threw himself face downward beside the corpse, thinking he escaped the bullets, but to his surprise, he was hit. Before the sniper breathed his last breath, he turned over the dead body and looked into his fathers face.
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