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Compare the way Susan Hill and Mary Shelly Create tension in extracts from their novels “The Woman In Black” and “Frankenstein”

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Compare the way Susan Hill and Mary Shelly Create tension in extracts from their novels "The Woman In Black" and "Frankenstein" Gothic Horror was born with the arrival of the book "Frankenstein" by the author Mary Shelly in 1816. This book fuelled the future wring of horror and changed the future of horror forever. The book "Frankenstein" came about after Mary had a horrific dream one night. Mary's writing was influenced by many factors in her life. Her father used to take her along with him to demonstrations, showing that electricity had the potential to bring people back to life, also science was largely unknown about then, there were many endless possibilities and unanswered questions. She also visited a village of clockwork dolls, which she was very impressed by. All this and the hurt of the loss of her premature baby added to the birth of the most popular book of its century. The book "The Woman In Black" by Susan Hill was written about 150 years later. At this time science had progressed and many things that were once a mystery were now explained. ...read more.

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The second paragraph starts with 'In the greyness of the fading light' again adding to the dark, gloomy atmosphere with a feeling of tension of what is to come. The language used in both extracts is very sophisticated and quite complex, as is typical to the gothic horror genre, but while they both use big words "Frankenstein" is much more old fashioned in wording, obviously due to the time it was written in. Whereas in "The Woman In Black" the language used is much more modern while still keeping to the more complex wording of the gothic horror genre. It's the first time Victor meets his creation alive in the extract of "Frankenstein". His reaction to the "monster" he has created very much sets up your opinion of it. The way he describes this creature clearly gives you the impression it is evil with its 'watery eyes' and 'His shrivelled complexion'. In "The Woman In Black" her appearance is not described very much, the focus is more on the feelings she provokes within Arthur. ...read more.

Conclusion

She obviously felt strongly about this and maybe feared this is what was to come. "The Woman In Black" was written about 150 years later, in a much more developed time. When science was accepted and we are used to travel, we are less religious and life is very different. The paranormal is less unexplained and the unexplained scares people, this is why Susan has chosen the form of a ghost in her story, as it is more believable then a "monster" like Frankenstein's creature, as we know that wouldn't be possible knowing more about the way things work through science, yet a ghost is still unknown and unexplainable. Both extracts are very typical of the gothic horror genre. They both use complex language with big words and long flowing sentences, with only a few short ones for dramatic affect. They both tell a story about a "creature" and the unknown at the times they were written. I personally like the extract from "The Woman In Black" the best, as I can understand the more modern language and I can relate to the story line better because the paranormal is a lot more believable to me then the creation of a "creature" from dead parts. By Jemma Burke ...read more.

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