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“The Fog Horn”” and “The Sea Raiders”- A comparison of two short narratives

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""The Fog Horn"" and "The Sea Raiders"- A comparison of two short narratives The narratives "The Sea Raiders" (by H.G. Wells), and "The Fog Horn" (by Ray Bradbury) focus on similar issues, events, and feelings. They incorporate similar ideas and themes throughout, such as nature triumphing over machinery and the manmade. The monster triumphs over the foghorn, and the sea creatures over mankind. Also, there are the strange and undiscovered monsters from the sea venturing out to land and into humanity in "The Sea Raiders". However, the sentence structures and styles in the two narratives differ, partly due to the separate periods in which they were written. H.G. Wells wrote "The Sea-Raiders" in the Victorian era, 60 or 70 years before Ray Bradbury's "The Fog Horn" was published. Places and objects are described using a great deal of detail in "The Sea Raiders", when compared to "The Fog Horn", in which the author is quite imprecise when talking about the surroundings and settings, in order to focus the reader's attention on the characters of the story. Bradbury's purpose is to emphasize the loneliness in the narrative, rather than to build up a clear picture of the scene in the mind of the reader. In "The Fog Horn", Ray Bradbury makes use of the noun Voice, with a capital letter. This use of a proper noun gives identity, and encourages personification of the foghorn, because it has a voice - a human characteristic. ...read more.


"The Sea Raiders" was written in the Victorian era, when the ideas in society were very different, and men were considered to be the most important. This is reflected in the narrative, as it is the men who go out to find the monsters, ignorant to the fact that they are in great danger. They are under the impression that they are superior to nature and the monsters. "The Sea Raiders" includes the idea that man and the manmade are higher that nature. On page 419 Mr. Fison sees the monsters from a cliff, "He was walking along a cliff path". This can be likened to the idea that mankind are seemingly elevated in importance, and are looking down on nature as their inferior. The monsters disappear into the water (page 423), and are described as "nothing but eyes" looking out from the sea. This gives the monsters intent - as though they are considering the situation and plotting amongst themselves about their plan of action. When the monsters are given intent in this way they seem intelligent, and this makes them appear more frightening to the reader. The reader is also given the impression of real danger on mass. The sentence structure varies in the two different narratives. The author of "The Sea Raiders", H.G. Wells, uses longer sentences overall than the author of "The Fog Horn" (Ray Bradbury). This is because "The Sea Raiders" was written in the Victorian era, unlike "The Fog Horn", which is more modern - from the nineteen seventies. ...read more.


As the story progresses we start to become somewhat closely associated with Johnny, as we relate to him - because the lighthouse, the monster and McDunn are all connected and are all seemingly together as one in the story. Johnny is the outsider to the situation, and can be likened to the reader whilst they read the passage. The story is written in the first person narrative, and we figuratively become Johnny throughout the story because we are an outsider to all that is happening. This makes the story more personal because we can relate Johnny's point of view. In "The Sea Raiders", we have a bird's eye view of the story, and are not as involved, as H.G. Wells has written the narrative in the first person. "The Sea Raiders" was written in the Victorian era, and at this time many things were unknown to science - a common preoccupation of the Victorians was discovery, and it was a time of great exploration. The society and history in which the story was written is reflected in the narrative - Mr Fison and the other men went out into the sea in their boat to try and discover more about the monsters, just as many Victorians were travelling the world to discover new things at the time that this story was written. Mr Fison and his team are keen to find out more about these monsters because they are unknown to science and society. In this way the men in the story are symbolic of the male status in society at the time that H.G. Wells wrote "The Sea-Raiders". ?? ?? ?? ?? Caroline Baker. LV A. ...read more.

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