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

Compare how the authors of the two texts use setting and other techniques to heighten tension and atmosphere in "I'm the king of the castle" by Susan Hill, and "The red room", by H.G Wells.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Compare how the authors of the two texts use setting and other techniques to heighten tension and atmosphere in "I'm the king of the castle" by Susan Hill, and "The red room", by H.G Wells. The two texts 'I'm the King of the Castle', written by Susan Hill, and 'The Red Room', written by H.G Wells, use certain techniques and atmosphere, to emphasise different aspects of their work. Some basic differences between the two texts, are 'I'm the King of the Castle" was written in the 1970s, and 'The Red Room', was written pre 20th century. The two texts refer to different things, for example, 'I'm the King of the Castle", refers bullying and it also has a sinister undertone, and "The Red Room", is a ghost story, and that means that the length is different, 'I'm the King of the Castle', is a novel and is quite a lengthy piece, and 'The Red Room', is a short story. I'm the King of the Castle' is written in the third person, and 'The red room', is written in the first person. The setting for "I'm the King of the Castle" is 'Warings', 'The red room' setting is an old castle, the castle wasn't named, this is possibly because the author thought it would heighten the tension. ...read more.

Middle

The two metaphors 'Tongue of light' and 'Island of light' develop the idea of a battle, creating a very sinister atmosphere. This idea is apparent in 'I'm the King of the Castle' when the darkness is used to create a disturbing atmosphere. 'It was very dark inside the red room. Beyond the windows, the sky was steely grey'. Ideas of darkness are used frequently in the description of Warings, especially when the writer describes the plants in the grounds. She writes about the bushes of rhododendron, which are used to describe the barriers surrounding Warings. The writer describes the plants as dark and overbearing, suggesting a malicious area. Yew trees are used in similar circumstances with their 'Dark green leathery leaves', further suggestive of closing in. The trees are tall to conjure up the overpowering characteristics of Warings. Not only outside Warings, but also inside the idea of darkness prevails, wood is dark, dark red brick. All of these ideas are combined to contribute to a feeling of evil and an eerie atmosphere of Warings. This atmosphere is crucial to 'I'm the King of the castle', because it emphasises the tension and evil in Warings, which reflects on Edmund and Kingshaw. ...read more.

Conclusion

There are many short sentences, 'Kingshaw had found the clearing now', and 'He didn't stop to look'. These suggest that Kingshaw is reacting to some sense of urgency. This moves the story quickly to a climax and the suicide of Kingshaw. Both 'I'm the King of the Castle' and 'The Red Room', use ideas of anticipation and expectation to create a build up of tension and atmosphere. On the whole, 'The Red Room', is a greater story of suspense than, 'I'm the King of the Castle', because 'The red room', uses: - personification, light and dark, repetition, language, pace and finally death to build tension and atmosphere. In 'I'm the King of the Castle', Hill uses setting and atmosphere well, so that it did in fact create tension and atmosphere. She described the grounds and the house very well, it was very convincing. She also used an awful lot of personification to build up the tension and atmosphere in the novel. H.G Wells also uses personification to build tension and atmosphere in 'The Red Room', but I don't think he did it quite as well as Susan Hill, but it still worked well. I personally prefer 'The Red Room', because it is a short ghost story, and it is easy to read, and also it is more interesting than 'I'm the King of the Castle'. ...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 H.G. Wells 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 H.G. Wells essays

  1. How does H.G Wells create, maintain and release tension in The Red Room?

    and a desperate need to find out what lies beyond that passage. The writer cleverly uses ways to still preserve and continues to give a gothic feeling he mentions "echoes" "shadows" it seems ironic how shadows are able to be shown when it is dark and gloomy.

  2. How do H.G Wells and E. Allen-Poe create an atmosphere of fear and tension ...

    the man being in the room to him being outside and reflecting on what had gone on in the room that night, "my last frantic effort to keep my footing, and then I remember no more. I opened my eyes in daylight.

  1. Describing the setting and atmosphere of three shortstories 'the man with the twisted lip', ...

    The contrasting scene in when Dr Watson visits the Golden bar "opium den", which is described as vile, dark and gloomy. The writer concentrates on the senses of the story which makes it very effective in that setting. The narrator in the signal man uses supernatural aspects to suspense, in

  2. The two short stories,” The Red Room,” and,”The Phantom coach,” create an atmosphere and ...

    "The echoes rang up and down the spiral staircase." This sentence uses onomatopoeic words; "Rang," the word "rang" helps the reader to imagine the ringing sounds of echoes. The "Red Room" uses long, structured sentences; usually followed by short, blunt statements, all of these help to create tension. Similes, metaphors and personification help to create a vivid picture in the readers mind; this is called "imagery."

  1. Examine the ways in which HG Wells creates atmosphere in The War of the ...

    madly, made for the first group of trees," this shows that the shock has taken a long time to sink in as most would start running as soon as they seen the organism. The next noticeable thing occurs later on, when wells uses repetition to bring horror to readers.

  2. How does H.G Wells use language, character and setting to build tension and fear ...

    He died on August 13, 1946, in London. The red room is a short story written by H.G Wells. The story is about a young man who does not believe in ghosts. For some reason which we don't know why he ends up staying at a particularly scary house.

  1. Free essay

    Comparing The Red Room (H.G Wells) and The Yellow Wallpaper (Charlotte Perkins)

    So the Red Room and the Yellow Wallpaper both contrast in using the location to achieve a sense of fear. The furniture and objects in the room also depict an unnerving and tense atmosphere. For example, Wells uses phrases such as,' whatever dust had gathered on the carpets'.

  2. How does setting and atmosphere contribute to suspense in "The Black Cat" and "The ...

    In other words he expects something bad to happen and does not want to feel guilt. This repeated warning is ignored every time by the protagonist showing arrogance but by this point in the narrative he is obviously getting annoyed by the repetition and wants him to stop.

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