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How does the author use text structures (pacing, setting character development) to create tension and build suspense?

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Based on the three examples given in the question (pacing, setting, character development), I would definitely choose to focus on the story's setting to explain how the author creates tension and suspense. The best place to look for a great setting description in this story is the opening paragraph.  From that paragraph readers learn that a civil war is happening.  This is a critical fact, and it adds to the tension.  War is bad enough, but civil war is worse.  One country isn't being attacked by an outside source.  Instead, civil war means that the country is ripping itself apart.  Brothers are fighting brothers, families are split over which side to fight,...

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