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A comparison of Red Room and Farthing House Having read and analysed two short stories which both deal with the un-natural, I now intend to compare them in detail. The Red Room is a short story from the nineteenth century, which is about a man who visits a haunted house to prove that there is no ghost or anything of such a nature inhabiting the house, and therefore proving that ghosts do not exist at all. Farthing house is a story written after the nineteenth century, about a woman who also visits a house. However, it is that of her aunty, and upon staying there, she also encounters a ghost. In order to compare the two stories, I will examine the following factors: * Characters * Plot * Settings * Style * Language The first indication that represents the differences in the stories is the titles. Although both stories are similar in content, the titles represent very different genres. 'The Red Room', through the use of the word 'red' immediately indicates that the genre will be horror, as the colour red simultaneously signifies blood, fear, and death. This is exemplified by the fact that the story is not called the green or blue room, as this would immediately change the feeling of the book. Red could have been specially used to signify horror and danger and in this story could also indicate that something bad happens or has happened in the room. ...read more.


Females tend to describe things in more detail, which is shown here clearly. The two stories also include a range of different characters. In The Red Room, the other characters are the three 'old' people who live in the house, and the actual ghost. However in Farthing house, the only characters apart from the main character, Mrs Flower, are the matron, Aunt Addy and the actual ghost. The number of characters used also indicates something, as in The Red Room there are three characters, and three is an unlucky number, and further shows the nature of the story. The plots in both stories are very similar, in that they are both centred on the unnatural. In both the Red Room and Farthing House, there are characters that visit houses, which they have never visited before. However, they visit the houses for different purposes and with different intentions in mind. The man in 'The Red Room' visits the house knowing there is supposed paranormal activity within it, and his intentions are of proving that ghosts do not actually exist in the red room and that it is the 'old' people's imaginations. Whereas in Farthing House Mrs Flower is not aware that there could be another presence in the house besides her and the other residents of the house. ...read more.


In 'The Red Room', there is the young duke and in 'Farthing House', the young mother who is missing her baby, and by the end of the story appears to find it again. The styles of the stories reflect the times in which they were written. 'The Red Room' was written in the nineteenth century, which is reflected in the long descriptive passages, which are used to describe the details of the ornate ornaments and other structures in the room. In 'Farthing House', the style is quite modern as the story was written within the last decade. The language of both stories is quite different. Although, they are both written in the first person to make the stories more feasible. This has the effect of making the stories more realistic. The main difference is that 'The Red Room', is written with long descriptive passages: 'There were candles in the sockets of the sconces and whatever dust had gathered on the carpets or upon the polished flooring was distributed so evenly as to be invisible in the moonlight.' The above quote is an example of a long winded sentence, describing the room. In 'Farthing House', however, there is less emphasis on detail, on more emphasis on describing people's feelings. Subsequently this makes 'Farthinh House' easier to read and understand. In conclusion, 'The Red Room', and 'Farthing House' are closely linked in subject matter, although written centuries apart. Nida Nagra 11RHY ...read more.

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