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What artifact is most important to creating suspense in the story? Here, what does "artifact" mean?
I agree that a tool or weapon (or anything made by artificial means, a belt-buckle, say) is the normal meaning. In this context it seems to mean 'device or object [and by the way I'm clever enough to know big words like art|i|e|fact]'.
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I missed this important distinction earlier, the use to which you are referring -MIA6-, was probably the second, less common definition:
2. Something viewed as a product of human conception or agency rather than an inherent element: "The very act of looking at a naked model was an artifact of male supremacy" Philip Weiss.
Here it is used (it seems) in an artistic sense.
Last edited by weiming; 05-Sep-2007 at 14:15. Reason: copied a bit more than I bargained for
I'd interpret it here as a literary device.
Blurring the lines between the natural and supernatural, or the suspension of disbelief, is a powerful literary device/artifact (such as in Poe, Hitchhock...). Why? because Reason alone always falls flat in suspense stories. Nobody is safe from the monsters that come about when the real blends into the surreal. The threat to the characters is much more difficult to escape than monsters under the bed.
Last edited by bianca; 06-Sep-2007 at 03:42.