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Comparing the Whole Town's Sleeping With a Terribly Strange Bed

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Comparing the Whole Towns Sleeping With a Terribly Strange Bed In both stories the setting is used as a powerful technique for creating tension. In the Whole Towns Sleeping the town is described as being "a little town, far away from everything," "Separated from the rest of the world." The town is also described as having "half empty streets," this suggests that people are scared of something or someone, as there are not many people on the streets. The Ravine is described as being "black," and having "secret odours of a rank greenhouse." This suggests that there have been deaths in the area and the bodies are rotting and creating the odours of a rank greenhouse. Both stories use suspense. In the Whole Towns Sleeping suspense is used often when Lavinia is walking home and she hears a man singing and thinks it is the Lonely One "she heard a man singing far away," then further on she says "and that's who it was of course Officer Kennedy." This suggests she did not know who it was but was relieved when it was Officer Kennedy. In a Terribly Strange Bed suspense is used when the narrator is being attacked by the bed, you never know what is going to happen, whether he is going to wake up and it be a dream or it actually kill him. ...read more.

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In a Terribly Strange Bed an example of this is when the protagonist says "Probably they had expected to profit by my intoxication." This suggests the protagonist knows the old soldier is trying to steal his money. He is predicting the foreboding terror. Where as in the Whole Towns Sleeping an example is when Lavinia Nebbs says "Someone's on the steps behind me I don't dare turn around." This suggests Lavinia is predicting that the Lonely One is behind her. In a Terribly Strange Bed the characters play a role in creating tension because of the things they say an example of this is when the protagonist says, "Was the bed moving?" this creates tension because you want to know if the bed was actually moving. The main narrator seems drunk and giddy this gives the effect of the bed moving being a dream or something he is imagining. It could be argued that in the Whole Towns Sleeping there is a character development of Lavinia. She begins the story being fearless, she is not scared of the Lonely One and what he is going to do, she is described as being "as cool as mint ice cream." This suggests that she is very cool headed yet by the end of the story there is a feeling that she is very scared of the Lonely One ...read more.

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This suggests that she has the end in sight, it also creates a pulse as she is counting her steps. In the Whole Towns Sleeping adverbs such as slowly and quickly aren't used much, they are however used when Lavinia is walking home "walked a little faster," that is one example another is "Faster, Faster." In the Whole Towns Sleeping the moonlight is used occasionally. It used mainly to outline a threat or danger for example "coming down the street towards her in the dimming moon lights was a man." This shows that there is a suspicious man possibly the Lonely One. Another example is "a man under the light," this again shows that there is another suspicious person. In a Terribly Strange Bed time is not referred to as often as the Whole Towns Sleeping. Adverbs such as slowly and quickly are used a few times in this book "faster," this word is used a few times I this story. In the story a Terribly Strange Bed the moonlight is mentioned a lot for example "the moonlight shining into the room reminded me of a certain moonlight night in England." "Brightened by a lovely moonlight pouring straight through the room." This is a good thing for the narrator. In this story the moonlight is used to describe the feelings of the narrator. ...read more.

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