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Comparing Suspense Essay

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Suspense is one of the deciding factors of what makes a good mystery novel. The anxiety and uncertainty of not knowing what will come next is a thrill for readers and makes it hard to put the book down until the end. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle loved putting suspense into his stories, especially in “The Hound of the Baskervilles” through descriptions, and “The Sign of The Four” through cliff hangers. Then showing a similarity between both books through the suspense of dialogue.
“The Sign of The Four” is a thrill riding book that has suspense hidden everywhere, especially through the cliff hangers at the end of the chapters. The whole chapter is building you up to this moment and it leaves you ...view middle of the document...

We heard the creak of a step in the passage. Very stealthily we heard it pass along until it died away in the distance,” (“The Hound of the Baskervilles”, 66). Through the descriptions of people and places, the reader is able to feel apprehension and fear going on, building to the suspense of the plot.
Each book has their own unique qualities of suspense, but in each novel, suspense is shown through the dialogue between the characters. The conversations between the characters make the reader question if their theories are true, or just trying to lead them away from the actually mystery. In “The Hound of the Baskervilles” an example is when it says,”The devil;s agents may be of flesh and blood, may they not? There are two questions waiting for us at the outset. The one is whether any crime had been committed at all; the second is, what is the crime and how was it committed?’ (“The Hound of the Baskervilles”, 19). Right from the beginning, it shows the mystery of the crime and if it’s actually a crime at all. From “The Sign of The Four”, an example is between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson when it says, “‘You see,’ he said, with a significant raising of the eyebrows. In the light of the...

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