Read this stanza from “The Raven.”
Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,
“Sir,” said I, “or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;
But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping,
And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door,
That I scarce was sure I heard you”–here I opened wide the door–Darkness there and nothing more.
Question: How does Edgar Allan Poe create suspense in this stanza?
- A) The darkness in the hallway foreshadows the dark bird’s entrance in the room.
- B) The pacing is slowed down as the action of opening the door is delayed.
- C) The source of the noise is not yet revealed, as no one is standing at the door.
- D) The speaker believes that he has a visitor to his room, which turns out to be true.
Answer: The correct answer is option: C) The source of the noise is not yet revealed, as no one is standing at the door.
Explanation: Edgar Allan Poe narrates a very suspenseful moment where the nervous main character walks up to the chamber door, slowly turns the knob, and finds nothing. The room seems to have a creepy atmosphere, especially after the tapping at his chamber door.