By: Alfred Hitchcock
Edward Dawes and Herbert Smithers are just two friends having a drink with each
other, but one of them has a knife that was found in a nearby sewer drain. Herbert is
cleaning it widly as if he was possesed. Then a red ruby appears on the knife when he is
done cleaning it, now the madness breaksout like a terrible plague..
While Herbert is admiring the knife, the maid walks in and asks to see the knife,
but all of a sudden Herbert goes insane out of his mind when the maid touched him,
then he stares right at the maid with a devilish look, and out of the blue he stabbed her,
hook to keep the reader reading.
wicked knife. While he is cleaning it, it slips out of his hand and cuts his arm, then his
and for no reason stabbs her in her chest.
The falling action and conclusion get a little weird because the police get to the
dropped the knife into a sewer drain. Both men say it was the knife that made them stabb
the two women.
All of Jack The Ripper’s victims were women. This how the story ends. "He
picked up the knife, gripped if firmly, and struck a pose, winking broadly.
"Be careful, Miss Maples!" he said. "Jack The Ripper!" Miss Maples giggled.
"Well now", she breathed. Let me look at it, may I Sergeant Tobins, if you do not
"Her fingers touched his, and Sergeant Tobins drew his hand back abruptly. His
face flushed, and a fierce anger unnacountably flared up in him at the touch of Miss
Miss Maple’s hand, but as he stared into her plain, bewildered face, the anger was
soothed by the pleasurable tingling warmth in his right wrist. And as he took a swift
step toward her, there was a strange, sweet singing in his ears, high and shrill and
that’s how Alfred Hitchcock leaves his readers.
The setting physically is in a house in the in the evening. Two men and two
women, one a wife of one of the men, and the other the maid. The mood is not that
evening while we were inside having some drinks and talking."
But the mood starts to get tense and rapid when women starting getting killed
because of the knife.
In "The Knife" the conflict was between men vs. women, or upon the reader’s
decision it could be knife vs. women because all of the women that were killed, were
killed everytime they touced the man holding the horrible knife which gave the men
bloodlust. All of the women killed were all killed by a different man, but all with the