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Both 'Farthing House' and 'Wuthering Heights' could be considered ghost stories - How does the author manipulate character and setting for maximum effect on the reader?

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Both 'Farthing House' and 'Wuthering Heights' could be considered ghost stories. How does the author manipulate character and setting for maximum effect on the reader? Many modern and older stories are written as ghost stories. 'Farthing House' and 'Wuthering Heights' are both examples of ghost stories. The authors manipulate character and setting by using structure and suspense. Also the language that is used effects the reader as imagery, 'cattle are only hedge-cutters' is used in both stories, but more in 'Wuthering Heights'. Although the stories are obviously similar as they are ghost stories there are other similarities and differences, such as period it was set in, setting and the type of story. I will explain all of the points mentioned above in more detail as the essay develops. Structure and suspense is used in both stories to give maximum effect on the reader. Both of the stories are clearly structured and set out but in different ways. Both of the stories start in the present, 'Now it has all come back to me,' and then convert to the past, 'we had a good day,' explaining and developing the story. I think the author does this to show the reader that all is not right as soon as the story begins. This builds up the suspense straight away and the reader feels involved and as though they are going back in time to find out how the atmosphere is the way it is at the beginning of both stories. ...read more.

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as the description is not very happy and jolly, '...the car lights swept along a yew hedge, a lych gate, caught the shouldering of a gravestone.' The reader may be influenced by the authors first impressions of the house that will make them wonder if the house is as perfect as Aunt Addy had said. Also by using imagery the reader can see more clearly the image that the author is trying to put across, but instead of drawing it she is describing it so that the readers can interpret the description themselves. Both of the titles of the stories, 'Wuthering Heights' and 'Farthing House' link into the stories as they are set in the houses and are an important feature. This gives a clue to the reader that the houses are going to be involved in the stories. The uses of imagery add to suspense because the reader can imagine the setting more easily and build up a picture inside their heads. This manipulates the reader as the author has made the reader conjure up a picture, which is how the author wants it to be to give the full effect. The characters in both of the stories add to suspense, as some of them are ghosts. In 'Farthing House' the main character is the author (not named) as other characters influence her. Another main character is the ghost, called Eliza Maria Dolly as she influences other characters, mainly the author. ...read more.

Conclusion

In conclusion all of the points mentioned add to suspense, which helps the stories to be effective ghost stories. In my opinion I think that both of the stories are ghost stories and that the description of the characters and setting help to manipulate the reader for a full effect. Although the stories are written in completely different periods the same techniques are used and will still continue to be used. The main similarities in the stories are that they are both ghost stories. They are both set in houses in the countryside. They both start in the present and go back to the past and they both use imagery and suspense to have a full effect on the reader. Also they are both written in the 1st person so the reader can see the story out of some ones perspective and the description can be described effectively through someone's point if view. The main differences in the stories are that they were written in completely different periods, 'Wuthering Heights' in the 18th century and 'Farthing House' in the 20th century. Some aspects of the language, such as sentence length, are very different and 'Farthing House' is a biographical account written in the form of a letter perhaps to a relative or someone who is expecting a baby. The technique of a ghost story is very effective and popular and will still be used in the future. ...read more.

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