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An analysis of The Judge's House By Bram Stoker.

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An analysis of The Judge's House By Bram Stoker This compelling 19th Century thriller by Bram Stoker has many typical elements of the 19th century ghost story genre. The author has used many rudiments, which make this a very popular ghost story. "The Judges House" which is set in an isolated setting, this can clearly be seen when the author describes it as "...desolation was the only term conveying any suitable idea of its isolation." Here the author wants to portray the sense of seclusion, as this is a typical element of a 19th century ghost story. The author has used many other techniques in describing the setting, to give the reader a sense of isolation. For example Stoker writes," ...was surrounded by a high brick wall massively built. Indeed on examination it looked more like a fortified house than an ordinary dwelling." The word "fortified" portrays a sense of danger and this quote also shows more signs of isolation. The author also has inputted many shock moments in the story where the mood of the story is relaxed and building up to its climax and an unexpected event occurs. Stoker uses this technique when he writes;" She threw her hands up in amazement". This is an unexpected reaction as in the sentence before the same person was being described, as a cheerful and most kindly person that makes the author assume the person will have some positive feedback and advice on the question, which the main character of the story asked. ...read more.

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There was not the faintest sound of gnaw, or scratch, or squeak. The silence was as of the grave. " This silence was preceded by the appearance of the giant rat. The expression used to compare the silence to one as of a grave is another foreshadowing simile. A great feature in a 19th century ghost story is foreboding and Stoker has used this very effectively. A good example of this is, when the protagonist has newly moved into a mysterious home, Stoker writes," The thing that most struck him, however, was the rope of the great alarm bell on the roof, which hung down in a corner of the room on the right hand side of the fireplace." This is foreshadowing, as his death is perpetrated on that very rope. This is a very interesting technique as it brings questions into the mind of the reader when they have finished reading the story. Another quote that also conveys this is, 'As he handled it he could not help noticing how pliable it was, especially for so strong a rope and one not in use." You could hang a man with it. "He thought to himself.' The timing of when the rat appears is always after nightfall and before sunset as these were traditionally and, in some places even now considered to be the hours when the devil is working and evil events take place. ...read more.

Conclusion

Alliteration is another typical method used in 19th century ghost stories. An example of this can be evidenced by the following phrase, "By this time the wind had become a gale and the gale a storm." This gives and effect of suspense and it builds tension in the story. This quotation also has evidence of the weather being linked with the climax of the story. The weather plays an important part in ghost stories, as even now you see bad weather being related to malevolence and evil. Every ghost story has a victim and The Judge's House isn't an exception. Usually the sceptic ended up being the victim in the 19th century ghost stories and this is the case in The Judges House. The protagonist sees his death in front of him but just before its gets to him, Stoker creates a glimmer of hope for him. This can be seen from the following phrase. "At the many rat-holes and in the chinks and crannies of the wainscot he saw the rats' eyes and this aspect, that was purely physical, gave him a gleam of comfort." This makes the reader think that he can overcome the evil in the story and creates a hook for them. After looking at all the elements of a typical 19th century ghost story which Stoker has used in The Judge's House, In my opinion this is a good example of a 19th century ghost story and is a real audacious, mysterious and inexplicable story. ...read more.

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