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Compare the ways that language is used to create suspense and tension in The Red Room by H.G.Wells and The Whole Towns Sleeping by Ray Bradbury.

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Compare the ways that language is used to create suspense and tension in 'The Red Room' by H.G.Wells and 'The Whole Towns Sleeping' by Ray Bradbury. INTRODUCTION: The first gothic novel was produced in the late 18th and early 19th century. Horace Walpole was said to have been the first gothic novelist in history, he wrote an important prototype called 'The Castle Of Otranto', which established a parallel fashion for the gothic in literature. Horace Walpole became a forerunner for writers such as: Ann Radcliffe, Mary Shelley, Stephen king and many more. Gothic novels often rely on eerie medieval externals such as old castles, monasteries and hidden trapdoors for symbolism. This genre is said to give its reader a sense of thrill and exhilarating rush, which is why it is so popular today. CONTEXT: The traditional horror writing developed during the 19th century. George Crabbe describes gothic horrors as 'a type of story of the macabre and supernatural that had immense popularity during the late 18th and 19th century's'. ...read more.


The way in which H.G.Wells uses language to create a disturbing atmosphere enhances the tension and suspense in the story and draws the reader in. Ray Bradbury creates little tension by using language that creates a soothing and light-hearted atmosphere. PARAGRAPH 3: M,AIN CHARACTERS Main characters in a horror story usually follow the stereotypical view, which is either finding trouble or surviving. H.G.Wells main characters do not follow the label, but instead their attitudes affect tension in the story. The man with the withered arm in H.G.Wells story creates tension by informing the other character that it is no longer a ghost free zone. Ray Bradbury's characters create tension by mentioning past disasters, which makes the reader feel as if something strange is happening. PARAGRAPH 4: CLIMAX Ray Bradbury uses language to create tension in the most fascinating parts of his story. By using repetition he creates a eerie and isolated atmosphere which builds up an impressive amount of tension, also he rhetorical questions to make his characters question themselves for example: Lavinia says "Nothing's happened, has it?" and "No one around, is there?" which states that she is concerned. ...read more.


Ray Bradbury on the other hands makes his character question herself by saying "Why there's nothing there at all ! Nobody!" which gives effect because it makes her seem scared and unsure of herself, also he ends on a cliff-hanger which creates suspense because you don't know how the story ends, so it makes the reader anxious to find out what will happen next. CONCLUSION: The story I found to have the most impacted on me was "The Whole Towns Sleeping", due to build of suspense and tension. Ray Bradbury started the story off in a non-horrific way by using light words that didn't set a typical horror setting and by doing this ensuring that the exciting parts of the story was yet to come. I also found the way in which he finished his story was astounding because nobody really finishes their story by using a cliff-hanger. I found H.G.Wells' story to be a tad bit boring because of how quickly the suspense and tension in the story was formed, but in saying that he drew me into his story much quicker than Ray Bradbury did. By Lauren Herelle 10 or ...read more.

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