• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

A Comparison of how Fear and Tension are created and Used in Talking in Whispers and “The Adventure of the Speckled Band”

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

A Comparison of how Fear and Tension are created and Used in Talking in Whispers and "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" Both authors use fear and tension in their stories. "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" was written in the nineteenth century and is set in Victorian England, whereas Talking in Whispers is set in Chile, and was written towards the end of the twentieth century, but both contain similar elements of fear and tension. The authors use different techniques in order to create tension and fear, and I will examine some of these in the course of my essay. I will begin by looking at Watson's novel. Fear and tension are created in three main ways in "The Adventure of the Speckled Band"; namely character, setting and plot. First, I will look at character. The character that creates the most fear and tension in the story is Dr. Grimesby Roylett. He is a very angry, loud and impatient man. He is powerful and intelligent. He once "beat his native butler to death". He is the "terror of the village" near his manor. ...read more.

Middle

The reader jumps to the conclusion that the gypsies killed her sister. However, once you get to Stoke Moran, your ideas and thoughts soon change. Holmes tries to get into Helen Stoner's room from the outside, but finds it impossible, so the reader thinks that the killer must have come from the inside, and that the killer is Doctor Roylett. When Holmes finds the dummy bellpull, the ventilator, the milk and the marked chair, it starts to look like Dr Roylett committed the murder in a very complicated way. When Holmes decides to spend the night in the room, the quiet and darkness, as well as Holmes saying that this was 'a very dangerous situation', makes this scene full of tension. When Holmes jumps up and strikes at the bellpull, the tension is both released and added to, because finally something has happened, but you are not totally sure what. Doyle often uses rather long, unfolding sentences in this story. This has two effects; one, to make sure that the reader is well informed and can think about what is written, and two, it keeps the pace of action slow. ...read more.

Conclusion

We can also compare events in Chile to events in England, and this can help us to understand fear. Watson uses more short and snappy sentences than long flowing sentences, and I think this helps to make the book more exiting. He also uses lots of metaphors and similes to describe characters and events. For example, calling his torturers "hog" and "snake". The metaphors/similes are closely linked to the imagery used as they really help the reader to conjure up a picture of what is going on. Both James Watson and Arthur Conan Doyle excel at creating fear and tension in their stories. Both authors use lots of direct speech and character thoughts, which allows us to get to know the characters and thus feel their fear. I think that Watson has been the more successful author at creating fear and tension in his story. This is basically because Talking in Whispers contains a lot more continual action and danger than "The Adventure of the Speckled Band". In Talking in Whispers Andreas's life is in danger in every twist in the tale, but "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" is just too quiet and slow to capture the imagination. GCSE English Coursework 19 November 2001 - Alex Bull ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Arthur Conan Doyle section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Arthur Conan Doyle essays

  1. How Is Tension Created In The Speckled Band?

    Watson narrating upon the events of this particular case. This allows the reader to become close to Dr. Watson, and it also allows them to join him in his admiration of Sherlock Holmes. "I woke one morning to find Sherlock Holmes standing, fully dressed, by the side of my bed.

  2. Compare and contrast 'The Speckled Band' and Lamb to the Slaughter'

    especially Dr Roylotts room and that brings him to the conclusion that the doctor is involved, the iron safe, the milk, the dog lash and the chair with foot prints on. When he talks to Helen he makes her go over the story a few times and asks her questions

  1. "Talking in Whispers" By James Watson conveys the message of the importance of democracy ...

    There are many incidents in the story that are used by the author to show the need for civil liberties by giving the reader an inside view of the workings and tools of the dictatorship.

  2. The Speckled Band and Lamb to the Slaughter comparison

    For example, he kept saying that: "It's the old story... Get the weapon, and you've got the man" - which he still believed would be the case by the end of the book! This shows that he isn't a good detective, as he isn't willing to alter what he thinks happened, even if evidence suggests that it is completely wrong.

  1. How is tension built up in the monkeys paw, and in the telltale heart? ...

    Ten days after Herbert's death, when the whites are sleeping in the warmth of the bed, Mrs. White is grieving for her dead son. Mr. White tells her to get back to bed because it is cold.

  2. Sherlock Holmes comparison

    Clair and Hugh Boone being separate characters. They are in fact the same person. The coat on the mud flat and the blood on the window sill are more false clues Mrs St Clair's eye witness account is inaccurate as it describes St.

  1. Examine the characters and settings that the authors have used in each story.

    This suggests that the visitor is imagining voices/noises, and is imagining/seeing things, when there is actually nothing there. It suggests that his mind is playing games with him, because nothing is in the room. 'Cower' suggests immense fear. This quote also suggests that the visitor may also be feeling quite

  2. Discuss how the authors create tension and discuss the devices used to mislead the ...

    This in itself evokes tension because we hear of the disastrous weather, ?The night was cold and wet. Path?s a bog, and the road?s a torrent,? and yet these two characters are calmly playing chess, ignoring the sombre weather. He also creates tension by using sudden actions and short sentences.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work