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Compare how the writers of 'The Red Room' and 'The WholeTown's Sleeping' 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' create a sense of fear and tension for the reader. The criterion for a great horror story is fear and tension. Tension is the emotion the reader experiences in the build up to a suspicious event in the context of the two horror stories. One such example of tension is the repetition of "It's your own choosing..." in `The Red Room'. This makes the reader feel uneasy. The author has used repetition to create a sense of suspense. Fear is when adrenaline rushes to the brain making a person tremble with despair, sending a shiver down your spine or making the hair on your skin stand on end. One such example is of Lavinia Nebbs running for her life in `The Whole Town's Sleeping'. The voices in her head are screaming "Faster, faster she went down the steps. Run!" This is dramatic and effective in getting the audience involved so that they also know the thoughts going through Lavinia's mind. ...read more.


The author of `The Red Room' uses the concept of isolation to create tension. "The echoes rang up and down the spiral staircase, and a shadow came sweeping up after me." This idea of being alone makes the reader feel tense because they are dreading the unthinkable that someone will come out there and then will kill the victim. In fact the reader is tense with an element of fear. This sense of loneliness does not only bring tension to a scene but can also make the reader feel scared. "In the rococo shade of porches, invisible people sat." This quote from `The whole Town's Sleeping' suggests that sounds can be eerie because of the smallest of things. In `The Red Room' a very brace and daring woman decides to take a room in a motel. It is thought that she is brave as she decides to purchase the room which is supposedly haunted. "It will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me." ...read more.


"Oh, please, please, give me time to get inside and lock the door and I'll be safe." Both characters experience horrific emotions which in this case do not get the better of them as it is assumed that Lavinia would have died. The woman in `The Red Room' would have faced mental and psychological damage. After comparing how fear and tension is created by the authors of `The Red Room' and `The Whole Town's Sleeping' it is clear that both stories are successful in creating fear and tension. However, I believe that `The Whole Town's Sleeping' is more effective as it is based on constant climaxes being built up gradually until the story ends. This story creates fear better as the author ends the story in suspense which makes the reader feel even more fearful that is they knew the outcome. The reason for this is because the reader feels tension as they will never know what happened next. The conclusion of the story is left to the readers' imagination, which can sometimes be more terrifying than a definite ending. Mufaddal Inayathusein ...read more.

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