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Compare the ways in which the two writers create an atmosphere of mystery and fear in the Judges House and The Monkeys Paw

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Compare the ways in which the two writers create an atmosphere of mystery and fear in the 'Judge's House' and 'The Monkey's Paw' The two stories, 'The Judge's House' and 'The Monkey's Paw' were both written in the Gothic genre in Victorian times, in the 1900's. Because of this both stories are influenced by Victorian attitudes to horror. One of the main ideas in both stories is to create a sense of suspense. This is done so effectively that in certain moments the stories send a shiver down our spines. This is what Victorian people were looking for in a horror story. Another Victorian attribute of the stories is the fact that they were serialised and so the full stories are in sections. The gothic genre also influenced a lot of the story. They are full of gothic techniques the most obvious being the use of pathetic fallacy. This the technique used that makes the weather mimic the feeling of the characters. There are also any other writing techniques used such as alliteration, personification, sound effects, use of sentence length, description and imagery and use of speech. ...read more.


This adds a lot of mystery because it gives us a vague idea of what is going to happen and, as predicted, later in the night Malcomson is found hanging on the alarm-bell rope, ringing the bell. Mrs Dempster gives us a very bad impression of the house at the beginning. It creates an atmosphere of mystery and the fact that she is 'evidently curious' of the house makes us wonder what is inside and creates suspense. However, the pause, when she thinks about it she changed her mind. 'Somethings' Makes us wonder what is inside and how many. This adds even more to the sense of mystery and fear of what is inside the house. Also the previous 'Somethings' makes us remember her suspicions when all the rats appear. Malcomson is a very reckless character in the story. Despite everyone's warnings to not go inside the house he does. 'Not in the Judge's House!' and in the end he dies because of this. However, by giving this quality to Malcomson, Stoker increases the sense of fear for Malcomson during these moments. This is very effective. 'The Monkey's Paw' is written at roughly the same time as 'The Judge's House' As well as that 'The Monkey's Paw' is also set mostly at night, however, there is one scene in the morning just as in 'The Judge's House'. ...read more.


The knock gets louder and is personified towards the end of the story. The knock increases our sense of mystery and fear because we want to know who is knocking and it is described very well and therefore is one of the main events in that part of the story. The whole final section is based on the knock 'reverberating' around the house. The stories are written from different perspectives. In 'The Judge's House' the narrator is always with Malcomson. The story is based on what Malcomson does. 'The Monkey's Paw' is based around the house. These are both used effectively. 'The Judge's House' makes us closer to Malcomson and therefore more afraid of what is going to happen. In 'The Monkey's Paw' the narrator manages to hide certain facts from us. This is effective because at first the narrator hides details from us and then reveals them after creating suspense beforehand. It is a very skilled way of creating tension and quickly releasing it. In conclusion both stories are written very well and use a lot of writing techniques to great effect. They both create a big atmosphere of mystery and fear in the stories using lots of writing methods to achieve this. Both these stories show a good use of the gothic genre in horror stories. ?? ?? ?? ?? Page | 1 ...read more.

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