He will destroy/have destroyed it.

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The sentence below is supposed to be part of a dramatic scene. I'm considering using the future perfect to make it more dramatic, but I'm not sure whether it is correct (mainly because I almost never use the future perfect, so I'm not familiar with it).

He is slowly approaching the piece of paper on the table. In a few seconds, he will rip/have ripped that damned piece of paper to shreds.
 

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They're both possible but they have different meanings.

In a few seconds, he will rip ... = In a few seconds, he will start ripping
In a few seconds, he will have ripped ... = In a few seconds, the ripping will already be over
 

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They're both possible but they have different meanings.

In a few seconds, he will rip ... = In a few seconds, he will start ripping
In a few seconds, he will have ripped ... = In a few seconds, the ripping will already be over


So, am I right when I feel that the future perfect makes this scene more dramatic?
 

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I think you are trying to read too much into the change of aspect.
 

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You're trying to create drama between a person and a piece of paper, right?
 
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