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Comparison of 'The Red Room' and 'Farthing House'

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Comparison of 'The Red Room' and 'Farthing House' "The Red Room" by H G Wells and "Farthing House" by Susan Hill are both stories about ghosts. "The Red Room" is a gothic story but "Farthing House" is a mystery ghost story. The story of the red room is based on a twenty-eight year old man trying to prove that there is no ghost in a room know as the "red room". "Farthing House" is a more complex story about middle-aged women telling you about her experience with a ghost through a letter. The story also tells you other unnecessary information, which leads you down other paths; it doesn't take you straight to the idea of there being a ghost in the room. The language in each story is slightly different, "The Red Room" uses the most language to set the scene and feeling of the story. "A little tongue of light" this personification was used to describe a candle and provides a good effect to the story. Also metaphors are used, "an ocean of mystery and suggestion beyond its island of light." I think that builds up the suspense and tension well because you want to know what is in the darkness surrounding the "island of light." The simile "It was like a ragged storm cloud sweeping out the stars" was also used to create tension. The story of "Farthing House" doesn't use as much language to build up the atmosphere; it relies mainly on the characters and house to do so. ...read more.

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She isn't feeling at all scared by the ghost just saddened by the presence of the upset ghost. She "felt desperate to follow her" and that "she needed" her in some way, this again shows how caring she is. At the end of the story she still remembers the ghost and still she feels no fear. Other characters in the two stories add to the atmosphere and build up the tension in them. Lorraine castle, where "The Red Room" is set and "Farthing House" are both home to old people. The old people in "The Red Room" are two old men and an old woman, all of who make the atmosphere build up and give the story an evil feel. The old people try to stop the young man from making the journey to the "Red Room" and repeat, "it's your own choosing" several times. One of the old men has "decaying yellow teeth" and his "eyes were covered by a shade" this makes him sound freaky and evil, he also "coughs" which gives you the impression that he is an unhealthy man which also makes you feel that he is evil in some way. The old peoples' general dislike of each other and the fact that they have to live together also adds to the atmosphere well. All three of the old people are described to be old and decrepit and create a very un-friendly environment. One of the men has a "withered arm" and the other is said to be "un-natural" which makes him sound almost UN human. ...read more.

Conclusion

This makes the reader feel that maybe this old man knows more about the "black fear" than the other two old people who live in the house and it makes you wonder what the family did that was sinful. So you are still left in some form of suspense. I think this was a good ending as it revealed the main form of suspense but still left a small part there. Whereas the final section of "Farthing House" is set years after the ghost encounter and the women is telling of something that reminded her of seeing the ghost. "A young woman stole a baby, from its pram outside a shop." It lets you know a bit more about the ghost and doesn't really leave you in any suspense like "The Red Room" does. Also right at the end you are told that the ghost "has gone, now that she has what she was looking for." I think this is a good ending as the sadness the reader felt for the ghost goes, as you know she is now happy and has left "Farthing House." In conclusion the tension in the two stories differs slightly, "The Red Room" has more obvious tension than "Farthing House." There is still tension in this story but not as much. The tension was different and more effective in "The Red Room" because it was meant to be a scary ghost story and make you feel fear and get a sense of evilness from the atmosphere. I think both authors built up the tension well and wrote a good ghost story, I myself prefer "The Red Room" because there is more tension and suspense that keeps you reading on. ...read more.

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