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A comparison of the two short stories- The Red Room and The Darkness Under The Stairs

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A comparison of the two short stories- The Red Room and The Darkness Under The Stairs The Red Room The Red Room is a short Victorian ghost story. It is set in an old room which is dark and creepy with a powerful dark red colour like crimson. The room is situated in a castle that is very eerie. You can tell that this story is Victorian because of the old language used in it for example the quote below: 'Eight and twenty years I have lived and never a ghost I have seen yet' This story has a long build up to the incident in the Red Room where he fell and knocked himself out. He was frantically trying to light all the candles but in the end they all went out along with the fire. Then he was knocked out. So there was no evidence of a ghost at all. The castle where the Red Room was situated was old it was also full of grotesque old people. ...read more.

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The old person who lived there before Mrs Bromley never let anyone in and then she died so Andrew and his family never really knew her. As soon as Andrew went through the front door he felt a wave of dread coming from the cupboard under the stairs. When he eventually got stuck in the cupboard he realised that the voice that had been saying 'help me help please help' was his own. Andrew pays for sticking his nose into other peoples business and gets stuck in the cupboard. The story then finishes and we don't know if Andrew died or got out of the cupboard that is for us to decide. Comparisons between the two stories The darkness under the stairs and the Red Room are both short stories but the darkness under the stairs is slightly longer and more easier to understand. Both stories are of course ghost stories, but in my opinion the Red Room is the scariest because it was set in a dark room in an old castle with just old people for company, while the darkness under the stairs is set in an old house, so this for me doesn't make it as scary. ...read more.

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Personally I think there is a ghost in the Red Room but not in the darkness under the stairs. Also these stories have a certain way they put the story to the reader, they both at times leave the reader in suspense wondering what is going to happen therefore the reader reads on to find out what is going to happen. You could say that these stories keep the reader interested. In the stories you could say that they are not proper ghost stories because you have no evidence that a ghost ever appeared so some people would just call them chillers. There is no evidence that a ghost ever appeared because in both stories it was either: noises or shadows- noises in The Darkness under the Stairs and shadows in The Red Room. Even though both stories a very short, they both give put powerful vibes as to what is happening until the end when they let you decide. My final thought is that both stories are quite similar in most aspects and that they both leave the reader in suspense. ...read more.

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