Read the following passage:
We were watching this horror movie and saw the killer climb into the house through an open window, pick up a huge knife laying on the kitchen counter, and go into the closet of the little kids' room. Later, the babysitter and her boyfriend (who is NOT supposed to be over) send the kids to bed. Right as they are about to do things that should not be done by unwed teenagers, the little kids start crying that there is a monster in the closet. The babysitter is frustrated and goes up to their room to make them go to sleep. She says, there is no such thing as monsters. To prove it, she went to the closet and opened the door. Of course the killer leaped out and stabbed her to death. It was very scary.
What is the purpose of showing the killer enter the closet before the killings?
a. to provide specific details
b. to create enriching imagery
c. to create suspense
d. to develop the rising action
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c. is the correct answer. This is called dramatic irony (we know something the characters do not know). Since we know he is there, the suspense builds up waiting for the killer to attack.