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Compare how James Watson and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Create Fear and Tension in Talking in Whispers and “The Adventure of the Speckled Band”

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Jordan Clement GCSE English Coursework 4/27/2007 Compare how James Watson and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Create Fear and Tension in Talking in Whispers and "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" In the novel Talking in Whispers and the short story "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" both Watson and Doyle use fear and tension within their stories to get the attention of the reader. Both authors create fear and tension but they create it in different ways and they use different writing techniques to create fear and tension one reason for this could be that the stories were written at different periods of time. "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was written towards the end of the 19th century and is set in Victorian England, whereas Talking in Whispers by James Watson was written towards the end of the 20th century and is set in Chile. Both Stories however contain elements of fear and tension. In the course of my essay I shall examine the different ways that both authors use fear and tension to their advantage. James Watson creates fear and tension in the novel Talking in Whispers by using many different writing techniques. These techniques are very effective in creating fear and tension. Watson uses techniques such as juxtapositioning, identifying the reader with the characters, chapter endings, direct speech and inter-chapters. ...read more.

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This example shows the brutality of the Junta. They shot a youth twice in broad daylight because he ran away from them. This example did not move the story any further with Andres it just shows the rancorousness of the Junta, which from the example we can see that they are to be feared. Inter-chapters are very effective in creating tension and fear throughout this novel. Watson uses a lot of direct speech in Talking in Whispers to create fear and tension. Direct speech creates fear and tension because the character tells his feelings to other characters this way you know how other characters feel towards his feelings, for example Isa reacts in a caring loving way towards Andres and it makes you think that perhaps they have a soft spot for each other and will get together later on in the novel. Direct speech is used throughout the novel helping to create a little bit more tension in places direct speech creates the most amount of fear and tension in the torture scene on pages 105 - 107. Another story that uses a lot of direct speech is 'The Adventure of the Speckled Band' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This story is set in Victorian England towards the end of the 19th Century. ...read more.

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After studying both James Watson's Talking in Whispers and sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 'The Adventure of the Speckled Band' we know both authors create fear and tension within their stories. Although these stories were written at different periods of time they have similarities when creating fear and tension within their stories an example of this would be that both authors use a lot of direct speech to create fear and tension within their stories. 'You see it, Watson?' he yelled, 'you see it'. This is a piece of direct speech from Doyle's 'The Adventure of the Speckled Band'. This creates tension because it is the d�nouement, the unravelling of the plot. Another direct point of comparison would be that both authors identify the reader with the characters an example of this would be 'I should have let myself be taken away' this is from Talking in Whispers and it shows how Andres feels he has been a coward. In my opinion I feel that Talking in Whispers is a better story because of the empathy that you feel for Andres towards the end. I also feel that it uses the techniques mentioned in this essay better than Doyle did in 'The Adventure of the Speckled Band'. I also feel that Watson did a better job in creating fear and tension than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. ...read more.

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