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How is suspense created in the story?

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bc22 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 9, 2007 at 8:32 AM via web

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How is suspense created in the story?

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted November 10, 2007 at 12:32 AM (Answer #1)

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

Posted May 16, 2012 at 3:28 PM (Answer #2)

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

Posted January 25, 2013 at 5:35 AM (Answer #3)

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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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