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Discuss how the author creates tension throughout the story

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Natalie Kinsella 10T Discuss how the author creates tension throughout the story. In your answer you should consider: * The portrayal of the narrator * The caretakers of Lorraine Castle * The journey to the Red room * Events within the room itself. This gothic story is about an arrogant man who has heard of the "Red Room" and believes he is above the caretakers. He makes his way through the house, commenting on his surroundings. When he arrives at the room he is less confident than he was before. He sits waiting with his revolver at the ready, expecting something solid to attack him. When the candles start to extinguish, he is suddenly unnerved. He panics and falls unconscious and awakes to find himself in the presence of the caretakers with several injuries. A gothic story is a type of romantic fiction that predominated in English Literature in the 1800's, the setting for which usually a ruined gothic castle or abbey. ...read more.

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The narrator sees the custodians as monsters showing them little respect. When the narrator tries to ask for directions to the room he is ignored many times by the elderly; this implies that there is tension between the custodians and the narrator. As he begins his journey he becomes startled and paranoid along with the feeling of fear towards the house "I stood rigid for half a minute perhaps. Then with my hand in the pocket that held my revolver, I advanced." He is very suspicious and cautious; he suddenly is afraid and grave. "a sudden twinge of apprehension. I glanced over my shoulder at the Ganymede in the moonlight, and opened the door to the red room rather hastily, with my face turned to the pallid silence of the landing." This shows that since he left the caretakers his confidence has waned and he fears Lorraine Castle. Once the narrator enters the room he begins to survey the room, walking about and surrounding himself in darkness "closing the shutters". ...read more.

Conclusion

The caretakers question what haunts the red room, but are astounded when he gives his answer. It is no ghost that lurks in the shadows of the "Red room" but something created in the human mind. "Fear!" Wells personifies "fear!" and makes it sound like a wild beast to frighten the reader and stress the power that the mind has over our actions. I am left with a feeling of wonder and nervousness at the end of this tale because I can picture the room in my mind and feel the darkness that clings to the room. I do believe Wells has been successful in creating the tension we expect from a gothic story because he leaves the reader questioning constantly, making us want to know more. He also got the setting perfect because most gothic novels are set in run-down castles. I think this is a successful ghost story because of his use of language "shadowy" and "darkness" and how he repeats It to emphasize his meaning. ...read more.

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