How is suspense created in the story?

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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Suspense in this story is created by the ticking clock and the tension of completing their demolition without being caught or stopped before they are done.

The boys believe they have two days before Mr. Thomas will return, yet on the second day , the boys are shocked to discover he is back early. The suspenseful question becomes, what will they do to the houses owner? They do not wish to hurt the old man, so they lock him up in an outhouse.

Yet, the danger for him is still present with the collapse of the house. Each new catastrophe brings the suspense of not knowing the outcome for Mr. Thomas until the very end.

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The suspense in "The Destructors" comes from the difficulty of the task that Trevor has proposed for the gang and the harried and nearly impossible conditions under which they must complete this task without getting caught. They have to smuggle their tools into the house so that the policeman walking the local beat doesn't seem them, and they know that Mr. Thomas, the owner of the house they are destroying, will be back after the Bank Holiday. However, Mr. Thomas shows up early, and the gang locks him in the outdoor loo so they can finish destroying the house. As he sits in the loo and cries for help, they finish their task, until the last car in the car-park pulls the frame away from the house and it disintegrates entirely. Until the end of the story, the reader is not sure that the gang will be able to pull off their ambitious task without being discovered. 

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ayeshabaig1998 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

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the suspense lies in the beginning as we read the title and the first para about young boys so it make us curious that what is to be destroyed and how the little boys do such task.

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cool

thanks helped alot anaynoumus

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inshirah1 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

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I would like to add that at the very end while Old Misery is locked ,the boys are constantly working but weather they are sucessful?....or the whole plan had not been as organised as it seemed? This is revealed at the very end and until then the readers arenot even aware of how would the boys manage to bring down the walls of a multi story house...

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