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Suspense, Mood, and Word Choice
Transcript of Suspense, Mood, and Word Choice
1 Reason Authors Do This Is...
To build SUSPENSE!!
When the author gives the reader hints at what is to come in the future.
When the reader or audience is made to feel tense or uncertain about the outcome of events.
Suspense keeps you ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT and makes you wonder what will happen next.
So what is SUSPENSE?
What is the scariest movie you have ever seen? What made it scary? The setting? The creepy characters?
YOUR OBJECTIVE: Watch the clip and tell how the author created suspense.
What is meant by being on the edge of your seat?
Watch to find out! (3:33)
An author may create suspense by...
- placing a character in a dangerous, often life-threatening, situation
- giving clues as to what may happen later on down the road (musical, action/facial expression, written, verbal)
-a character is working against the clock and the clock seems to be working for the bad guys or bad thing
- character has a lot to lose
- character is under a lot of pressure
- character has one problem piled upon another
A GREAT VILLAIN
- a smart villain that is a worthy
opponent to the main character
(often a hero)- the reader must like a character and root for him/her
READER KNOWS MORE
- When a reader knows more about a situation than a character
to slow down a moment and create suspense.
This is the technique in writing where you SHOW rather than TELL. You use words to paint a picture in the readers' mind.
: The car lands awkwardly, causing it to roll.
:“The car blasted through the guardrail Immediately, the sound of crashing glass shattered the air. It went into a free-fall, then spun around in the air and landed sideways, causing the weight to shift. A burning smell permeated the air. Freddy felt the momentum pulling the car forward. He reached forward and felt gloppy, sticky blood on his head. The blood dribbled into his mouth. It tasted metallic and strange. The car kept rolling helplessly along.”
OBJECTIVE: You are going to read a story written by W.W. Jacobs who is known as a great writer of suspense. As you read the story, pay attention to the techniques Jacobs uses.
BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR FORESHADOWING!
Use the strategies learned in class:
a. Put on the brakes!
b. Look into your crystal ball.
Your Writing Goals
-Build suspense using a blend of the techniques.
-Include sensory details. The reader should be able to feel as though he/she is there!
-Come up with a great hook and title.
-Carefully consider the mood you want your reader to be in as he is reading your work. Your
should reflect this.
This marks the end of this Prezi. Go directly to the Prezi entitled Monkey's Paw.
What strategies are at work in this clip?
Most Likely, the scary movies that have thrilled and terrified you....have all had SUSPENSE in them!
You were on the 'edge of your seat' wanting to know what happened next...but scared to find out! Your hands were over your eyes, and you were peeking through them.
WHAT IS SUSPENSE?
An author creates questions in
the readers' mind causing him/her
anxiety about what will
Suspense does not have to be scary
all the time. There is a lot of action,
you're on the edge or your seat,
you want to know what will happen next.
suspense by using
specific strategies and
The author tries to create a certain MOOD (the atmosphere or feeling created by a certain work)
Example: gloomy, optimistic, tense, cheerful, scary...etc.
The overall feeling a
reader gets from the text. It's sometimes
How could you tell
what mood a person is in?
Facial Expressions are great clues!
is also a strong
indication of MOOD.
speaks to you, you can usually tell their mood from the tone of voice they use.
Tranquil angry frustrated sad
anxious whining bored respectful
But when you are reading, you can't depend on facial expression, body language, or voices to tell the mood. You must instead rely on
THE AUTHOR'S WORD CHOICE.
In order to
understand SUSPENSE, you'll need to know some of the tools and techniques authors use to create it!
One of those tools
"During the whole
This is the first line in "The Fall
of the House of Usher". Poe's word choice of dull, dark, and soundless set the mood for the reader.
Pay attention to Washington
Irving's word choice in this excerpt. Identify the words that help set the mood. What is the overall mood?
The swamp was thickly grown with great, gloomy pines and hemlocks, some of them ninety feet high, which made it dark at noonday and a retreat for all
the owls of the neighborhood.
In the same way that
our surroundings affect our mood, authors use physical settings to create mood in their story.
Identify a surrounding in which you are:
relaxed, nervous, angry, frustrated,
joyful, stressed, comfortable, peaceful
So if you were a writer and wanted the reader's mood to be fearful while reading, what setting would you choose?
If you wanted the reader's mood to be peaceful, what setting would you choose?
In movies, multiple factors combine to create mood. As you watch this video, Pencil Face, take note of the many factors that combine to create mood in this story.
Post- Movie Discussion
1. What was the mood in the video?
2. What helped to create that mood?
Top Secret Mood Activity
Your group will be given a top
secret mood. You must write a paragraph or two that will attempt to
create that mood in the reader. Think about what you've learned! If you do a good job, your classmates will be able to identify the mood!
When you are
trying to create a suspenseful story, or section of a story, you'll need to really think about the mood you are hoping to achieve in the reader.
In addition to considering the mood you want to achieve in the reader, authors use other strategies to create suspense.
You will : Use the strategies you learned to write a suspenseful paragraph or 2 to go along with a picture you will see in a moment. How many strategies will you use?
Think about the mood you want the reader to be in as he/she is reading.
You will read your work aloud to us.
Let's spend 5 minutes with W.W. Jacobs.
The story we will be reading is "The Monkey's Paw"