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

Analysis of the themes of Ghosts and The Supernatural with close reference to ‘The Woman in Black’ and ‘Violet Car’.

Extracts from this document...


Ghosts and Supernatural with close reference to 'The Woman in Black' and 'Violet Car'. Ghost stories are all about death and dying. They help us to understand what happens after we die. They try to build up people's fear of death and dying. They use people's fear to build up suspense. Sometimes the author of the book will use the characters in the book to keep the reader wondering, grieving people sometime imagine things and the author can use this to keep the reader interested in the book. The reader would be wondering if it is the imagination of the character or a real ghost. Often ghost stories are based on someone's premature or violent death. Some stories can use this to add more fear, because it could be an ordinary person that gets killed. Sometimes the author writes as if it had happened to them, this could help the reader to believe the story more. The 'Violet Car' is about the violent death of a young girl. ...read more.


Mr. Drablow, the previous owner, died and Arthur Kipps is sent to sort out every thing in the house and make sure all the legal documents are correct. The ghost is of a woman called Jennet Humfrye, who had a son but was not allowed to keep him so she gave him up to Alice Drablow. Jennet came to see here son all the time and one day the child had been out in the town and come back on a horse and cart, but it had gone off the tracks and into the marsh. Arthur hears noises on the marsh of people dying, drowning in the mud of the marshes. Every time the ghost is seen a baby dies, but when no child died they thought that the curse of the old house had ended, but Arthur's child and wife die in an accident and the woman in black was left to haunt Crythin Gifford. The books are similar in many aspects, they are both written in the first person. ...read more.


Bump. Bump. Bump" This kind of sentence helps to build up anticipation and anxiety. It is like you want to find out what is going to happen next but are too scared to find out. She does not use cliffhangers at the end of a chapter; however she does use them at the end of some paragraphs. The 'Violet Car' is a very different book in that respect, Edith Nesbit writes in a different way to Susan Hill. E. Nesbit didn't write in short sentences; instead she told the story in a way that made you want to continue reading. Both the stories are traditional well told ghost stories that use different techniques to get the same result. They are both interesting and exciting and the kind of story that you don't want to put down because it is so full of suspense. I think that 'The Woman in Black' is a better ghost story because a lot more happens in it and it has a more complex plot to the 'Violet Car', however 'The Woman in Black' is a book whereas the 'Violet Car' is a short story. 'The Woman in Black' was described has 'Heartstoppingly chilling' and I agree with this. ...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 Susan Hill 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 Susan Hill essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    How does Susan Hill use Gothic techniques to create tension and horror in the ...

    5 star(s)

    He is desperate to understand more about the noise, and he appears to think that by continually listening for it, answers will unfold. Whether the sound is there or not, he is prepared to listen. The word 'listening' is quite a ghostly, menacing word, due to the letter 's'.

  2. Is 'The Woman in Black' a successful ghost story? - Susan Hill believes that ...

    These are words that echo the meaning and help the reader imagine what sound it is. The description of the noise also builds up the tension. In the last paragraph there is a lot of build up with description of what Arthur could hear this is to build up his panic.

  1. Looking in detail at ‘The Woman in Black’explore how Susan Hill builds and sustains ...

    Tension levels rise at their most when one of his stepchildren say's "Now come, stepfather, your turn." Meaning they want to hear a ghost story from their stepfather. But Mr Kipps just says "Nothing from me." This leaves the reader thinking that he either doesn't want to tell a ghost

  2. 'Woman in Black'

    Drablow and her property by the way Mr. Kipps reacts and his manner when Arthur mentions Mrs. Drablow, 'His faced flickered with ... what? Alarm, was it?' Also the way in which Mr. Jerome dismisses Arthur's questions about the family burial ground and when Mr.

  1. Compare and contrast the portrayal of parent / child relationshipsin the two novels

    birth father or Silas, Silas does nothing to stand in her way; " Eppie, my child, speak. I wont stand in your way. Thank Mr and Mrs Cass". Silas obviously wants Eppie to stay with him, but he respects her so much and trusts her so much that he knows she will do what she thinks is right for herself.

  2. woman in black coursework

    Susan Hill also uses personification and senses to appeal to sound she described the sound of the pony and trap in the fog as '(playing) tricks with sound as well as sight'. This makes it look as if a human would do this but it's the mistiness making the fog seem eerie and unpleasant.

  1. Susan Hill's short story The Woman in Black.

    This simple phrase adds an air of undeniable authenticity to the whole story, which makes the ghostly appearances of the Woman all the more frightening One of the difficulties Kipps encounters is the unwillingness of anyone connected with the life of Mrs.

  2. The Woman In Black ...

    'There was something in that room I could not get to it, nor would I dare to if I could, I told myself it was a trapped bird or rat' (109) Much as the sounds seem normal to Arthur thus the sounds come to symbolise the appearance of a ghost but Arthur has difficulty understanding that.

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