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Comparison of ‘The Red Room’ By H.G. Wells and ‘Farthing House’ by Susan Hill.

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Comparison of 'The Red Room' By H.G. Wells and 'Farthing House' by Susan Hill. In this essay I will be comparing the two short stories 'The Red Room' by H.G. Wells and 'Farthing House' by Susan Hill, both taken from the book 'Short Stories'. I will be looking at how the authors create tension throughout the story and the success of each story. Both stories have a set of characters to create the needed atmosphere which is crucial in all ghost stories. The characters are usually old as they can be related to the myths, tales etc., which are regularly used as story lines . The idea of ghosts, spirits etc. is thought of in a scenario where something is old, either the setting E.g. A haunted house, or characters. Because the characters are old they can have some relevance or understanding of the ghosts. The set of characters 'The Red Room' try to warn off the man who wanted to investigate the Red Room. They seem to have some connection with the Red Room or the presence within. ...read more.


"...and the door creaked on it's hinges as a second old man entered..." The feeling of isolation is in 'Farthing House' is also present in 'The Red Room'. The man who comes to investigate is advised not to go near the room and he feels like they are against him, so he only has himself to rely on. "I half suspected the old people were trying enhance the spiritual terrors of their house..." This helps build the tension by making the main character a solo investigator, and most people, if in the same position as the main character of the story would not want to be in that scenario, most people would go with someone else or in a group. A main theme of FH is family. The character is going to see her Aunt. In the beginning of the story she is on her way, but puts off the actual visit, wasting time by looking around the village and stopping at shops. ...read more.


"The worst of all things that haunt poor mortal man,' said I; 'and that is, in all its nakedness- Fear!" I think this a good ending to the story as I , personally do not believe in ghosts, and the point of the story is part of the argument against the existence of ghosts. It is also a good point because it shows just how much one can be in fear- at the beginning of the story the man says: "... 'It will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me.' " And in the end he is proved wrong. In 'F.H' the answer to the cause of existence of a ghost is answered; "A young women stole a baby... Her address was given as Farthing house Close, Little Dornford." This shows the history of the ghost. Each story has a certain amount of success. The RR, for me is more succesful than FH as it ended in a way you wouldn't expect. In FH I was expecting an encounter with the ghost but it wasn't what I expected and didn't do much to scare me. ...read more.

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