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Both "The Red Room" by H G Wells and "Farthing House" by Susan Hill are ghost stories. Write a comparison of their structures, characters, settings and Language

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Both "The Red Room" by H G Wells and "Farthing House" by Susan Hill are ghost stories. Write a comparison of their structures, characters, settings and Language Ghost stories have fear in them, twists to the story, they have strange characters. Ghost stories are generally set in haunted houses or castles or derelict places. A ghost story is Gloomy and tells the reader of sounds and dingy colours. Sounds that make you scared and make your arm hairs stand up, howls of a wolf and screams of despair. Traditional ghost stories generally have someone in a haunted house and at the stroke of midnight, things start to go wrong and ghostly happenings begin. More Modern ghost stories have the twists to them that you only find out the real truth of it right near the end of the story. The two authors (H G Wells & Susan Hill) of the two ghost stories in question are from two different eras. H G Wells was born in 1866. He specialised in science, his first book published in 1893 was called, "Textbook of Biology", which confirms that he had an interest in science. He started to write due to ill health. He was also the author of, "The Time Machine" that was a novel and was first published in 1895. "The Red Room", the story in question was first published in 1896. ...read more.

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Mrs Flower confronts her fear and follows the ghost. The Minor characters in the "Red Room" are three old custodians who have looked after the place since the duchess left. The two old men and one woman are somewhat strange. The custodians names are also not revealed. They are named by their characteristics. There is "the man with the withered arm", "the man with the shade" and "the old woman". I think the reason why H G Wells has not gave them names is so that you the reader doesn't get attached to them, because some times you can get into the character more than the actual plot. Or it might be that he does not want you referring to them as main characters. They keep saying things over and over again, for example the old woman keeps saying "This night of all nights!" This sort of sentence makes the reader want to know what the character means, and what is different from that night compared to all the other nights. The Minor characters in "Farthing House" are very different from the minor characters in "The Red Room". For one, you don't know the characters names in "The Red Room" and you do know the names in "Farthing House". Aunt Addy and Janet Pearson are two of the minor characters. Janet Pearson seems a polite person. When she meets Mrs Flower she greets her in a polite way. ...read more.

Conclusion

The feeling of melancholy that Mrs Flower gets is what is coming of the ghost. The ghost is giving off the bad vibes. The language used in "The Red Room" is written pre 1914, but uses language that is unfamiliar to the reader. But when it was written it was not. The language used in "Farthing House" is language that is familiar to the reader and is of a familiarity to them because it is quite modern in how it is wrote. The difference between "The Red Room" and "Farthing House" is that "The Red Room" is written in chronological order and happens all over one night. "Farthing House" goes back and forward in time. "Farthing House" ends up going back to the present time. Where we find out about a baby being snatched and Farthing House long forgotten. "The Red Room" ends openly and we don't actually find out if there is a ghost. The reader is left to make up their own mind, whether it was a ghost or just a presence of fear. I preferred "The Red Room" to "Farthing House" because it does not tale you if there is a ghost or not, and leaves it rather open for the reader to decide. Also "The Red Room" is in some sort of chronological order in how the events happen in the story where as "Farthing House" goes back and forward in time. I prefer stories that keep to the present all the way through. "The Red Room" & "Farthing House" H G Wells & Susan Hill Page 1 James Baron 10A ...read more.

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