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Compare the way the authors of "The Red Room", "The Old Nurse's Story", and "The Man with the Twisted Lip" create tension and suspense

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Compare the way the authors of "The Red Room", "The Old Nurse's Story", and "The Man with the Twisted Lip" create tension and suspense. Which is most effective? "The Red Room", "The Old Nurse's Story", and "The Man with the Twisted Lip" are short stories that create tension and suspense using comparable and contradictory methods. "The Red Room" and "The Old Nurse's Story" both have the gothic genre. On the other hand "The Man with the Twisted Lip" is a detective story. All three of these short stories have been set in the 19th century, the 19th century lasted from 1801 through to 1900. "The Red Room", and "The Old Nurse's Story" are set in rural areas, in contrast "The Man with the Twisted Lip" is set in East London, a busy area in a city. I will compare the methods, in which the authors of these short stories used to create tension and suspense, and I will conclude which is most effective and why. The storylines create tension by using unexpected twists in the plots. At the start of "The Red Room" we are told about a room that is said to have ghosts in it. ...read more.

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In the final story "The Man with the Twisted Lip" the author uses a variety of long and short sentences, to describe the seting, he also uses personification, similys, and a variety of adjectives. He describes the location of the den using a long sentence to give a gloomy atmosphere, he describes the location in "a vile ally lurking behind the high wharves" this gives us the impression that it is in a hidden place and most likely to be illegal. The authors of the three stories used unusual characters to add to the tension already built up by the storyline. The other characters in the red room are made sound unusual through the use of abnormal descriptions. For instance "the man with the with the withered arm" and "the man with the shade" those kind of character descriptions create tension as we do not know who they are and what they're doing because the author does not specify a name for these characters. Likewise Elizabeth Gaskell the author of "The Old Nurse's Tale" describes the unusual character, the ghost child unlike the description for a typical child she uses descriptions such as "evil child". This creates effect because children are usually innocent, but Elizabeth Gaskell describes the child maliciously creating an incredible impact on the reader. ...read more.

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The story is written in recount text rather than figurative language.This alternative method also is excellent in building up tension. Recount text builds tension because the reader is told exactly what happened, this restrains different reader's imaginations from interpreting the sentence alternatively in their minds, and instead the reader interprets the sentence as the writer expected us to. All this suggests that "The Red Room" and "The Old Nurse's Story" have many similarities and a few differences, although "The Man with the Twisted Lip" is a completely different genre of story it also has a few similarities to the other two short stories. However I believe that "The Red Room" by H. G. Wells is by far the most effective story in creating tension and suspense. The story line creates tension when they reader discovers the final unexpected twist in the plot, that the is no ghost in the story, HG Wells creates suspense in the seting by using personification, adjectives and lots of figurative language. Tension and suspense is also created through the description of the unusual characters, the first person linear narrative and the use of long and short sentences. This is why the red room is the most effective story in my opinion. By Vas Panayi IIES ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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