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Comparing "The Red Room" and "The Monkey's Paw".

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Comparing "The Red Room" and "The Monkey's Paw" 'The Red Room' and 'The Monkey's Paw' are both short stories focusing on the horror genre. These two short stories were written during the 19th century by two very good authors. H.G Wells who has written many other books such as the "Invisible Man" and the "Time Machine" wrote "The Red Room"; and W.W. Jacobs wrote "The Monkey's Paw". The Red Room is a story about superstitions over a room (The Red Room), which is haunted, but in the end, there is no haunting, it's all about human "fear". The Monkey's Paw is a story about the acknowledgement of how fate can or possibly be manipulated by a Monkey's Paw which grants wishes. These short stories are similar in various ways. The story 'The Monkey's Paw' is set in a small house, and The Red Room is set in a castle in the darkness at the beginning. The stories both use pathetic fallacy at the beginning, pathetic fallacy is using the weather to create an atmosphere, and both stories do so as, 'The ...read more.

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held by the warmth of a fire, this stranger is Sergeant-Major Morris who passed on the monkey's paw to the White family; and in 'The Red Room' the old pensioners are intruded by the narrator. In both stories suspense is built up through one stage leading to another, and both stories give indications towards the climax of the story. In 'The Red Room' and 'The Monkey's Paw' the use of gothic horror conventions such as 'ghostly' and 'supernatural' are used to create suspense. Also each story uses short sentences to build tension and long sentences to lower the tension level. Both the stories rely on a belief of something supernatural, which involves death. In both stories the main characters have underestimated the power of the supernatural. In 'The Red Room' the narrator is a victim of the supernatural and in 'The Monkey's Paw' the White family is the victim. The characters from both the stories have underestimated the hints towards the horror that they face and try to take advantage by exploring the so-called horror. ...read more.

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The look of individual characters affects both the reader and the characters especially in The Red Room since the old pensioners in the story are really old which give the thought that maybe ghosts are believable and that they have seen many. The authors of each story have been very successful in building up suspense, tension and fear. As the levels of suspense, tension and fear varied a lot during the course of the stories. The message of The Monkey's Paw was that you cannot change your fate, and the message of The Red Room was that the only thing that man is afraid of is fear itself. . W.W. Jacobs is by far my best author because not only that he was successful in building up suspense, tension and fear he is more experienced than H.G Wells as he has written more well known books. The main reason I think this is because I was more interested in 'The Monkey's Paw' than 'The Red Room' English GCSE Coursework Comparing "The Red Room" and "The Monkey's Paw" Sohaib Mohammad 10H 22/10/03 ...read more.

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