Suffer the little Children

In the short story, Suffer the little Children, Stephan King tells the tale of an old school teacher who faces an unusual problem. The teacher, Miss Sidley, is forced to deal with a group of children unlike any she had faced in her life; these children were different, very different. The children in the story are not human. The discovery of this causes Miss Sidley to act in ways she never thought capable, eventually leading to murder. King conveys the theme: what you dont know and dont understand can be very harmful, in a suspenseful manor by using the literary tools tone, setting and characterization. King utilizes tone in a suspenseful manner to convey the theme. Tone is used to help the reader understand the attitude of the story. Tone is first shown on page 440, she could turn her back on her pupils with confidence. This sentence demonstrates to the reader Miss Sidleys superiority over the children. Tone is again used shortly after to show a shift in power. Miss Sidley was suddenly, unaccountably sure Robert knew about her little trick with the glasses (440). Later in the story, on page 444, tone is used to put fear in the readers minds, His face suddenly ran together like melting wax, the eyes flattening and spreading like knife-struck egg yolks, nose widening and yawning, mouth disappearing. The head elongated, and the hair was not hair but straggling, twitching growths. King then uses tone to show Miss Sidleys transformation into a killer, She went back up to the room and began to lead them down, one by one. She killed twelve of them and would have killed them all if Mrs. Crossen hadnt come down for a package of composition paper (446). King uses suspense to keep the reader interested and involved in the story. Suspense is first seen on pages 440-441. After Miss Sidley asked Robert to put the word tomorrow into a sentence and listened to his response she turne…

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