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Comparing the red room and the farthing house.

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Comparing the red room and the farthing house I am going to compare the two short stories, the Red Room and Farthing house. In this essay I am going to compare when they were written, where the stories are set, how tension and atmosphere are created, the language used in both and how the stories are traditional to their time. The red room is set in pre twentieth century and is a traditional gothic horror story. A traditional gothic horror story is fiction where the setting is usually a ruined house, castle or abbey. The gothic novel has emphasised mystery and horror and filled with ghost haunted rooms, underground passages and secret stairways. The red room is set in an old derelict house. "The ornaments and conveniences of the room about them were ghostly." This shows that the man in the story thinks that the house and the furniture are old. In the old house there are passages and spiral staircases, which was common in gothic horror stories. ...read more.

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In the opening of the farthing house the narrator tells the reader how she has told no one this before and she is writing this down for people to find later. This makes the reader think that something terrible has happened to the narrator. This gets the reader interested. This story is also written in first person so that the reader sees what the person sees, feels what the person feels. Both stories are written in first person and both contain a haunted room but differ in how they open. The red room involves lots of characters to set the story and in farthing house the narrator sets the scene. In the red room the narrator has intended to find a ghost and knows about the room being haunted. In farthing house the narrator doesn't know about the haunted room at all. Language differs in both because of the times they were written. The red room uses pre twentieth language such as "said I" instead of "I said." ...read more.

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"Baby crying," "tune of the ten o'clock news" and "feint notes of recorded music" are a few examples of sounds used in the story. The build up towards the end in both stories is very different. Farthing house doesn't have a climax. The red room has a climax. The red room has a big build up to the ending involving panic and tension. There are lots of short sentences and the long sentences start again when he wakes up in daylight and everything is fine. The writer is linking darkness with evil and light with good. Farthing house is similar in that aspect because the ghost is only seen at night not at day. Farthing house's haunting wasn't a harmful one but the red room's was. Overall I think that the red room is more effective because the descriptions seem more vivid to me, and the fact that there isn't actually a ghost, it is something unknown, makes the story more scarier. The farthing house didn't have a real climax, which I didn't like. I also preferred the red room because it was faster paced than the farthing house. ...read more.

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