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'How Effective Is Elizabeth Gaskell In Creating A Sense Of Foreboding And Danger In 'The Old Nurse's Story' For A Modern Audience?'

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19th November 2002 Laurence Everitt English GCSE Coursework Essay In Response To The Question 'How Effective Is Elizabeth Gaskell In Creating A Sense Of Foreboding And Danger In 'The Old Nurse's Story' For A Modern Audience?' It is my belief that, for a modern audience, the author is effective in creating a sense of foreboding and danger in 'The Old Nurse's Story'. This is done by: * The grandiosity and size of the estate in relation to Hestor and Miss Rosamond and their background; also, their youth and difference in society in relation to the residents of the manor (excluding the servants). * The withholding of information by the servants and reluctance to divulge into past happenings. * Writing through Hestor's point of view- therefore exaggeration of key points. * Hestor and Miss Rosamond viewing experiences at the manor from the outside looking in due to the lack of time spent at the manor, and the descriptions of Mrs Stark and Miss Furnivall. * The Vulnerability of both Miss Rosamond and Hestor. ...read more.


By Dorothy looking fearfully, she is scared of the consequences if she told Hester about the history of the organ player. When Dorothy shows Hester the picture, she is very anxious to turn the picture back around to conceal the hidden side of the portrait. She also tells Hester to never tell anyone that she knows about the portrait, and that Dorothy told her. This implies that Dorothy is not allowed to tell Hester about the portrait, adding to the mysterious atmosphere. This is shown in: "If I show you, you must never let on, even to James." This implies that Dorothy is scared of the repercussions of her showing the portrait to Hester. This shows the that information on the portrait is withheld as the reader doesn't know what happened to the girl in the portrait, and both the reader and Hester wants to know more about the girl, heightening the mysterious atmosphere. By the story being told through Hestor's point of view, some points, especially during times including danger, are exaggerated, thus adding to the sense of danger and foreboding. ...read more.


Hester, I must go!" This indicates that Miss Rosamond does not know the dangers of the Spectre Child because if she did she would be more reluctant to go with her. Hestor was vulnerable because she came from a lower status in society; she was overwhelmed by the manor and was very new to her environment. This is indicated when she recollects that she was "Right glad when they rung for the old footman who had shown us in at first." This implies that she was overwhelmed by the situation that she found herself in and wanted someone to keep her company in her new surrounds. This indicates that she was insecure and agitated when she first entered the manor. By Hestor being agitated when she first goes into the manor, the author is showing that she is vulnerable in her new environment. Overall, Elizabeth Gaskell is effective in creating a sense of Foreboding and Danger in 'The Old Nurse's Story'. This is done by having two vulnerable main characters in which the story is viewed through the elder's perspective. The situation of the story, and the past that is central to the story are extremely effective techniques. ...read more.

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