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Compare The Adventures of the Engineer's thumb by Arthur Conan Doyle and The Ostler by Wilkie Collins.

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The Adventures of the Engineer's thumb-Arthur Conan Doyle. The Ostler-Wilkie Collins. Both stories build up suspense and anxiety. Arthur Conan Doyle's "Engineer's Thumb" conveys the feelings of a man who has lost his thumb whilst Wilkie Collins "The Ostler" is based upon a dream. The stories are written to shock the reader as they get caught up in the gripping storylines. Although the stories leave you tense and anxious they allow you to experience the events as they are written in 1st person. "I believe, been told more than once in the newspaper". Despite the stories being written in the late 1800's they are still modern today. Superstitions were believed to be serious in the 1800's as many superstitions became reality. In "The Ostler" Isaac's dream turned out to be real. Nowadays people don't take superstitions seriously as there are know real consequences. Maybe it was faint but more than likely it was their minds just playing tricks on them. "Engineers Thumb" describes to us how an inspector and his sidekick try vigorously to unveil the secrets of the wound whereas "The Ostler" shows how superstitions can become reality when "The Ostler" dreams he gets attacked only for it to become true with serious side effects. ...read more.


We know this as the exclamation mark empathises the volume whilst the short sentence states the sharpness. Meanwhile "The Ostler" uses semi colons to slow the pace down. "Devote to sleep;" the use of the semi colon breaks up the dialogue whilst giving us a short pause. Arthur Conan Doyle's "Engineers Thumb" creates suspense through the shortness of the sentences. "An accident, I presume? By no means. What a murderous attack! Very murderous indeed". The quotation is very shocking as it builds tension through assumptions. The readers believe that the event was an accident but the change in heart makes us wonder what has really happened. The repetition of "murderous" and the shortness of the sentence empathises this. Complex sentences are very descriptive and build up suspense. They are used manly in "Engineers Thumb" as we are given very descriptive accounts. "Well, when I came to think it all over in cool blood I was very much astonished, as you both think, as this sudden commission which had been entrusted to me". The complex sentence adds tension as it makes the event sound like a list enforcing the nervousness. Each story's plots have sudden bursts of tension. "The Ostler" is very edgy at the beginning as we learn that The Ostler is talking in his sleep. ...read more.


We are also able to get involved in the story as the narrator is directly talking to us. "I won't occasion you that trouble". This allows us to go through all the feelings the characters do. All in all "The Ostler" is more gripping as it has a higher tension level throughout the story. The beginning grips the reader whilst the ending leaves us shocked. I think this as I asked many questions like what has happened to Rebecca. And what will happen in 7 years if faint is repeated? Throughout the story I felt attached to the characters and when the story ending I wanted to know more. However "Engineers Thumb" didn't appeal to me as the storyline was easy to figure out. This meant I wasn't shocked as I knew what would happen next. Although I liked "The Ostler" it also isn't relevant as superstitions are no longer believable. I thoroughly enjoyed the stories as they were different from the story's that are around today. By reading the story's it allowed me to experience what people found interesting 200 years ago. The story's also made me realise just how many differences they really are between story's written in the 1800's and story's in the 21st century. If I had the chance to read one of the stories again I would read "The Ostler" as it is more breathtaking and appealed to me more than "Engineers Thumb". Shaun Meddings ...read more.

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