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Comparing "The Monkeys Paw With the Red Room"

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Comparing "The Monkeys Paw With the Red Room" Introduction "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W Jacobs is a classic horror story in which tragedy strikes the White Family, When Sergeant Major Morris brings a Monkey's paw into their lives which is said to grant three wishes. "The Red Room" by H.G Wells is also another typical horror story in which a man is sent to the great Lorraine Castle to investigate the superstitious fears of the workers. In this essay I'm going to compare "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W Jacobs with "The Red Room" by H.G Wells examining how the writers create suspense. If we look at "The Monkey's Paw" the setting is typical for a horror story, "Night. Cold wet. Paths a bog and roads a torrent. Only two houses in the area". With the setting being so stereotypical it establishes the expectation that something could go wrong and therefore helps to build suspense. Also like "The Monkey's Paw" The Red Room's setting builds on the expectation that something could go wrong, Leaves the reader anxious to know what exactly will go wrong." ...read more.


I think this was said in an attempt to scare them off. The writer has used simple similes throughout the story to create suspense. 'It twisted my hand like a snake.' Here the author is trying to create horror images in our minds. The writer has said three several times e.g. there were three warnings from the Major, three wishes, and three knocks on the door. This builds up tension because three is often seen as magic number. By looking at the title of 'The Red Room,' the word 'Red' symbolizes many things. The color red has a connection with devil, danger, death, blood, red eyes and red reflections which creates suspense and makes the reader wondering as why the story is called 'The Red Room.' The first line of 'The Red Room' is 'I can assure you,' said I, 'that it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me.' From this first line the reader can find out two things, firstly that the story involves ghost and secondly that the man is very educated person. ...read more.


room, and left an ocean of mystery and suggestion beyond its island of light"; "the flames were still dancing between the glowing coals, and splashing red reflections upon the furniture". The ending of the story is a slight twist. One expects a more conventional ghost but what is found in the room is fear itself. However, it is suspected from the very start that there is going to be something in the room. Just from the first sentence there is an immediate cause for concern. I think the story is written well. It is good at building the suspense as the man goes to the room and also it keeps the reader interested as one wants to know what it is in the room. It has lots of clich�s but at the time it was written this was a new, scary idea. With the story being so old there is bound to be clich�s. At the time the story was written I think it would have been a very effective story written in a new style for the age it was in. Zohaib Mohammad English/Course work 10W ...read more.

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