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Comparing "The Monkey's Paw" and "The Red Room" In this essay, I am going to compare "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs

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Comparing "The Monkey's Paw" and "The Red Room" In this essay, I am going to compare "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs with "The Red Room" by H.G Wells. I will examine how the writers create suspense in the stories. "The Monkey's Paw" is about a paw that grants wishes. The White family ask for a first wish with humour while underestimating the paw and without taking into consideration what happened to the people before them. They are also not taking into account that the consequences will be disastrous. "The Red Room" is about an adventurous man who wants to prove that there are no ghosts in Lorraine Castle. In order for him to prove his belief, he had to go through a frighting once in a life experience that he himself generated automatically without even knowing it. These two stories are similar in their type, they are both horror and gothic stories and were set before the 20th century. The setting of "The Monkey's Paw" is a very typical type of setting, which is found in many other similar types of horror and gothic stories: "... the night was cold and wet,". The fact that the story is set at night and additionally in bad weather conditions, grabs our attentions immediately. Using night and bad conditions for the setting at the beginning of the story is a very common writing technique that most of writers utilize to build suspense from the begging of their stories to gain the interest of their readers, which will lead the readers to an eager of exploring and reading the story even further. ...read more.

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This quote drops suspense very rapidly and makes the reader now feel calmer and safer. This safety atmosphere is broken by the strange acts of an outsider: "...mysterious movements of a man outside,". This quote and especially this mysterious man raises our suspense levels and gets us started to thinking about what is this man doing outside and why is he hesitating to talk to the White's. This man's hesitation also raises suspense when he enters the White's house and is still hesitated to tell them what he came to tell them. The suspense levels are raising steadily with no falls as a result of this mans hesitation and because of our continuous queries of what it could it be that is that hard to mention to Mr and Mrs White. Then the suspense levels reach the top when we hear form the man that the White family will receive: "'Two hundred pounds'" as a compensation for their son's death. The readers are now stunned in the way that the wish money was received and never they never expected it to come this way. After this shock, we start to question ourselves if the White family would use the paw again despite what happened last time and if they will use it, what will they wish for? When coming towards the end of the story the suspense levels drop slightly as a result of the White's mourning their son's death and the change in time: "...the days passed...", but the suspense raises back again when Mrs White insists in using The Monkey's Paw to wish her son alive again. ...read more.

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The writer uses this technique all through the story, as it creates tension in the reader's and makes them attracted to it. Another example is: "little tongue of light", this quote creates suspense by making us realise how dark it is in the red room and also makes us feel the fear of dark that the narrator is feeling, so puts us in the same situation. The writer has also used long frantic sentences that describe each motion he is undertaking: "'...,I dashed at the alcove, then into the corner, and then into the window,...then on that'". These descriptive short sentence that keep on going without a full stop for about 8 lines, are very good at creating suspense. They create a brilliant image in mind of the actions and make the reader's feel as if they are there and they also sense each moment of fear that the narrator is going through. Putting all these short sentences inside a big paragraph is good because it gives you a rapid line of actions in mind that makes you fell tense, therefore tension levels increase. The use of connectivity words get you to read the sentences with nearly no stop, so it builds the tension inside you and creates fear. When comparing the language in both stories we can identify a similarity, which is the use of description and imagery. The writer's use very descriptive words and sentences that help the reader to generate a very clear image of how it is in that particular situation. These images build up suspense in the reader's because they make the reader feel involved and blend the reader in with that situation. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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