In "The Sniper" how is suspense created and built?I need to put it in an essay formatted like this: . topic sentence . point . evidence . comment

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Clearly there are plenty of parts of the text you can look at. Unfortunately, as you didn't specify a particular part of the text to focus on, I will choose one and give you an example of a complete paragraph below. Follow the structure carefully so that you can use it in generating other main paragraphs for your assignment.

"The Sniper" is self-evidently a story where the author uses suspense to maintain interest and keep his audience reading on. One way the author chooses to do this is to highlight the plight of the sniper's situation. Note how an element of urgency is added to his plight:

The sniper lay still for  along time nursing his wounded arm and planning escape. Morning must not find him wounded on the roof. The enemy on the opposite roof covered his escape. He must kill that enemy and he could not use his rifle. He had only a revolver to do it.

This quote is key to how the author builds suspense because it identifies the fact that time is running out for the sniper - if he stays there until dawn, he will be trapped and slaughtered. Yet it also identifies the massive challenge he faces - wounded as he is, he is unable to use his rifle and can only use his revolver, which is something that gives him a massive disadvantage.

Hopefully you can identify the structure of this paragraph and use it as a model for your own work. Good luck!