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Compare how authors create suspense in a variety of short stories.

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Prose Essay Compare how authors create suspense in a variety of short stories. Introduction This essay is about short stories and these short stories are written in the nineteenth century. The stories are called "The Yellow Paint" by Robert Louis Stevenson, "Napblen The Specture" by Charlotte Bronte, "the Adventure Of The Speckled Band" by Sir Arthur Cannon Doyle, "The Red Room" by H G and Wells, "The Invisible Girl" by Mary Shelley. All the stories have horror in them and the common thing about the stories is that they are mystery and detectives. In the stories there are many clues for a detective to solve the mystery. Out of these five stories I have chosen two and they are "the red room" The Adventure Of The Speckled Band". The reason I have chosen the stories is because they both are similar and more detailed. These stories bring out a lot of suspense. The stories are set in the day. ...read more.


Now I am going to talk about the setting, both stories are set in the night both rooms are in the dark when they find the answer to the problem. In the Speckled Band the story is set in the day, but when the real action is happening it be sin the night. Sherlock Homes and Watson live in London they travel to Sedrice Moran, where they were investigating outside. And stayed outside the house till they got an answer. In "The Red Room" they don't have to travel a far distance, the man with a withered arm goes into the red room at night through a long passage through a long corridor to the red room and left the old fashion furniture. There is another room recoming so it's clear that both stories have something in common. The characters in the "Red Room are: a man with a withered arm and there is an old man with shades, there was and old women but the main character is the warratar. ...read more.


Finally I am going to talk about the atmosphere, in both stories in " The Red Room" the mood and atmosphere there is a lot of tension and suspense the darkness. In the "Spekled Band" the mood atmosphere is also a lot of tension and suspends the story is mostly set at night which adds to the mood. The atmosphere and mood makes the reader feel cold and to expect the unexpected. Conclusion As you can see from what I have written the similarity in both stories are that they both are short and both stories contain fear,darkness,a lot of suspense and a mystery and the most action happens at night. In "Spekled Band" the author Sir Arthur Cannon Doyle has given a lot of background information. In the "Red Room" by H g and Wells there was not a lot of background information and suspense is built towards the end therefore in the "speckled Band" the suspense is built in the beginning. The suspicion is mostly bad this is because the reader will enjoy reading and would want to find out more, the reader would want to no what is gonna happen. ...read more.

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