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Compare how the writers of 'The Red Room' and 'The Whole Town's sleeping' attempt to create a sense of fear and tension for the reader.

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Compare how the writers of 'The Red Room' and 'The Whole Town's sleeping' attempt to create a sense of fear and tension for the reader After reading the stories, 'The Red Room' and 'The Whole Town's Sleeping', it became immediately evident that both are intended to create a sense of fear and tension throughout, in order to maintain the interest of the reader. In this essay I will explain how both writers create the intended feel to their story and reveal the similarities and differences between the techniques they have used. The titles of both stories both immediately bring in a sense of fear and tension. "The Whole Town's Sleeping" has an instant reference to the night: a time in which nobody is conscious to bring about safety, and a time in which darkness dominates the scene as only evil beings are meant to walk. The title, "The Red Room" also suggests a presence of evil. The colour red is instantly connected to blood and death in the mind of the reader and instantly brings about the subject of fear. Also, both titles mention a location: either a 'town' or a 'room.' The technique of mentioning evil within a certain place is used, in this case, to create a feeling of being trapped. ...read more.


"("This night of all nights!" said the old woman)." However, this does not prevent them from going in the room. Similarly, Lavina does not listen to the warnings from both Helen and Francine, nor does she listen to the warning from Grandma Hanlon. Bradbury especially uses his main character to create a sense of fear and tension as he suggests that Lavina indeed has a hidden desire to die, as she has a large craving for excitement - something that she has probably lacked throughout her life - "She felt nothing - except perhaps the slightest prickle of excitement" and, as said by Helen "Sometimes I think people want to die." This along with the suggestion that the killer - "The Lonely One" - preys on untainted women, maidens, and Lavina is described as being just that, intensifies the feeling of fear. It immediately suggests that she is the next victim of the killer and builds up the tension in the later scenes when she is alone. Another method that both writers use which involves both main characters is the sense of being out of control. For example, in "The Whole Town's sleeping", when Lavinia is alone, her body starts playing tricks on her: "A man under the light! ...read more.


and Tom Dillon pretending to be the Lonely One and warned that a mysterious man in a suit was informed of where Lavinia lives. These signs really build up the sense of fear and tension as it suggests that the women is very likely to be caught out after so many warnings. However, Wells does not use many signals to suggest what is to come. Only the old characters at the beginning warn the main character away from the Red Room. After that, the character is alone. In a very different way, this builds up the sense of fear and tension, as the reader is totally unaware of what will happen. Despite all the similarities in all the different techniques used by both writers, I think the most alike aspect of both stories is the message both contains. Both stories demonstrate the power of the human mind and how open a person can be to their own fears. It shows the extreme way a human's body, mind, and natural qualities can be affected in response to their own fear and wild imagination, no matter how strong-minded the person. This meaning gives the reader a complete sense of fear and tension, as the idea of evils existing within your mind is certainly very worrying. Ciara Constanti 11CD ...read more.

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