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A typical ghost story should be set in a spooky castle, mansion, where history is going to be repeated.

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A typical ghost story should be set in a spooky castle, mansion, where history is going to be repeated. In a ghost story the characters are going to be naive, ignorant of the area as the readers are so they'll be on the same position of knowing what is to become! For e.g a na�ve family moves into a house that hasn't been lived in for years and as they settle in they find out that their new house is not like any normal house, that it's haunted with ghosts of the past. This gives the readers a beginning and a catchy start for readers to read on. The plot will shortly start to develop as the character gets less ignorant about the surroundings starting to get the suspense buildings up. The endings of a good ghost story will leave the readers with a bit of a mystery to solve determine to know what would have happened or leaving the readers to wonder if the ghost will ever come back. This essay will compare 'The old nurses story' (tons) and 'The Call' to decide which is the most effective as a good ghost story and is it up to the standard of a ghost story that will really let readers read more into the story. ...read more.

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Near the last line of Tons grace has been death stricken feeling guilty as she is muttering about youth past which cannot be undone. "Alas! Alas!" The Old Nurses Story is slow than a story now days and people today would find it boring as it goes into too much detail. The stories developing for a ghost story is quite surprising, as most stories now days don't go into great detail and goes into the plot slowly. The parts where the ghosts come in, it goes into too much detail. The story goes into history to tie up all the weird things that was happening and this develops very slowly as well. They go into 'the attic' where the old photos are and the past is known. I don't this makes the story effective because it develops very slow and it goes into too much detail about characters manor etc. if people started to read it I think they would find it quite boring as there's too much detail; as it does not go into the plot quickly and we are still learning about the manor. The languages in the old nurse's story are not common and are not used now. The words are very old fashioned compared to 'The Call.' ...read more.

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This makes the story effective as there are words we are able to easily understand and mostly there are not that many parts that it goes into too much detail and the parts where it goes into more detail are the parts that are appropriate for the story. In 'the call' the story ends by the reader finding out who this caller was. In this story the person has been phoning for the last 20 years and Harry was there to answer all of them. Harry dies and takes Agnes Todd with him and think that'll be the last they ever hear from them again. This is effective because it's the types of endings you will see in a ghost ending. All of these elements language, characters, plot, development and settings and story endings all determine how effective a ghost story is. In my opinion 'The Call' is a more effective ghost story than 'The Old Nurse's Story'. As it was written in 1989 the language is modern, simple and precise. This, I think, is more appropriate for a ghost story than the over descriptive prose of 'The Old Nurses Story'! I also find the twist in the end of the tale typical of the genre. Whereas the ending of 'The Old Nurses Story' is farley predictable, it was a complete surprise to discover the extent of Harry's involvement in Agnes Todd's murder. Brathap 10R English 1 ...read more.

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