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In "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket" how is imagery and diction used to create suspense?  

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The essay topic you're dealing with follows a pattern: "How does the author use these particular tools to accomplish this particular effect?"

This pattern is very common: your English teachers will ask you questions just like it quite a lot, so it's a good idea to get comfortable with it. In this case, you're trying to answer the specific question, "How does the author use imagery and diction to create suspense?"

Let's spell out a good process for preparing to answer this question, which will involve hunting down examples and getting ready to add them to your essay.

I suggest that you get ready to take notes by setting up a 2-by-2 table, either on paper or on your computer. Across the top, label the two columns "Device" and "How it Creates Suspense." And down the side, label the two rows "Imagery" and "Diction."

Now you're set: you can see in your notes that your job is to fill the table with as many pieces of information as you can. You're ready to read through the story, looking specifically for...

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