1 apprehension about what is going to happen
2 an uncertain cognitive state; "the matter remained in suspense for several years"
3 excited anticipation of an approaching climax; "the play kept the audience in suspense"
- Rhymes: -ɛns
condition of being suspended
pleasurable emotion of anticipation and excitement
unpleasant emotion of anxiety or apprehension
- : Spannung
Etymology 1Nominalisation of the feminine form of suspens.
- suspense (1)
Etymology 2From suspense.
- suspense (2 and 3)
- Cet acteur à jouer dans beaucoup de films à suspense.
Suspense or tension is the feeling of uncertainty and interest about the outcome of certain actions, most often referring to an audience's perceptions in a dramatic work. However, suspense is not exclusive to literature. Suspense can be considered as any situation where there a lead up to a big event or dramatic moment, with tension being a primary emotion felt as part of the situation.
Suspense in moviesAlfred Hitchcock is considered to be the first director to use suspense in movies. According to Hitchcock, the viewer has to know more than the character to create suspense. He has many ways to put suspense in a movie: - Innocent people get into a problem they couldn't help - He uses the MacGuffin, this is a storyline that has nothing to do with the real story but is used to bring the viewer in the story.
AristotleAccording to Aristotle's Poetics, suspense is an important building block of drama. In very broad terms, it consists of having some real danger looming and a ray of hope. The two common outcomes can be
- the danger hits, whereby the audience will feel sorrowful
- the hope comes true, whereby the audience will first feel joy, then satisfaction.
Suspense in dramatic works
- Alfred Hitchcock is considered to be one of the premier directors of suspense film.
- J. B. Priestley wrote numerous plays with high levels of suspense, the most popular of all being An Inspector Calls.
- Robert Ludlum has written many books in the international suspense genre. In the Jason Bourne series, the main character has amnesia. He does not remember who he is, what he does, or how he got there -- these techniques are used to increase suspense and curiosity in the reader.
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