STYLISTIC DEVICES USED IN LITERATURE

THE PLAY: BETRAYAL IN THE CITY

Suspense

Suspense involves an aspect where the audience wants know more but as the writer you leave them hanging. Sometimes suspense involves withholding information to progressively hook the reader into reading on.

In the opening scene of Act One, the reader is curious to know exactly who had died and how they had died. Furthermore, the reader grapples with the elusive guy who killed this victim. The playwright does not clearly tell us if indeed it was Chagaga who killed Adika, but we can infer from the goings on.

The play that Jusper writes is also kept in the dark. The playwright makes Jusper seem like he had disowned his worthy cause. The audience wonders why Mosese agrees to perform such a play because at the beginning he had declined such an initiative. We however come to realize that the play was a ploy to oust Boss out of power.

When the government is overturned, the audience would love to know how the new regime will be. There are a lot of questions lingering in the mind of the reader that is, whether Jere or Mosese would take over power and whether the new regime will bring Boss into account on various accounts of misappropriation of funds.

However for a keen reader or member of audience, the death of Mulili kills every hope of justice. In the words of Jusper, justice is absent.

It should be important to note that; the play is an easy read with challenging twists that leaves one wondering what is happening within the play. As with most African regimes, the plot is unpredictable, that is the society is buried within the confusion of fear that engulfs the way they view those in power. Therefore, suspense in the play triggers our imagination of how things and policies are run in the government- it reveals that Kafira is made up of thieves and murderous as leaders who are feared and at the same time respected.

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