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  1. Prequel to the Red Room - H G Wells

    He suggested we were to continue. As the carriage bumped along the cobbly road which was in tandem to the windy river to my right. As we made the mysteriously quiet journey up the path with the only noise coming from the trees creaking and murmuring to each other. The weather seemed to change instantaneously, from being a bright crisp day to a dreary windswept one. I shivered, a chill went up my spine as I pulled my dress coat over my shoulder and did up the buttons. I wondered what it was that made the weather so melancholy and dejected so quickly, but then I realised.

    • Word count: 587
  2. War of the Worlds

    In 1996 'Independence Day' was filmed using wells' ideas. Then in 2005, Steven Spielberg made the film 'The War Of The Worlds' Starring Tom Cruise. It release was delayed because of 9/11 had made people so fearful that terrorism would overthrow our way of life. For this to happen the book must be very popular. When the novel was written was in 1898 Britain ruled over 25% of the world. The British people were used to invading different countries and winning battles and wars. In the novel London is being over powered by the Martians who landed in Horsell Common from Mars.

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  3. War of the Worlds. H.G. Wells uses a variety of different techniques to interest the reader.

    These ideas all originated from the Book of War of the Worlds. The use of various settings have interested the reader a lot more as it includes realism into the book. The novel uses a number of settings in and around Surrey and London. "At about three o'clock there began a thud of a gun at measured intervals from Chertsey or Addlestone." This quote expresses the fact that it might actually be happening which makes it very realistic. H.G. Wells was very interested in science and by using real places to increase the accuracy of the writing that makes it very scientific.

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  4. HG Wells

    H.G Wells also makes the first custodian sound creepy by making him repeat the same phrase throughout his time in the story ' It's your own choosing', this would add to the atmosphere as it seems that the custodian has been possessed by something. Also, it's as if the first custodian is saying that phrase as a type of warning to the young man and by saying this it's as if the custodian is saying if you want to go up there it's your choice but it's none of my responsibility.

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  5. Do you find the first three chapters of The Time Machine and effective opening for this novella?

    He then immediately sets off on a journey into the future, which takes him to the year 802,701. There he finds an apparently peaceful, pastoral, communist future filled with happy, simple humans who call themselves the Eloi. After the time traveller feasts with his newly discovered creatures, he chooses to leave and explore. When the he returns from his journey of exploration he finds his time machine missing. He suspects the Morlocks have stolen his contraption and so Weena and himself go in search of it.

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  6. How H.G. Wells shows his low opinion of mankind in War of the Worlds

    This shows how the very structure of society is beginning to crumble leaving its lesser parts to run chaotically into non-existence just as that of the liquidating, collapsing corpse that society has become. He then shows how this fast and facile degradation of social structure shows mans true brutal nature, how we so easily revert to our primal "fight or flight" instincts. Martians have not even reached London and already "revolvers were fired, people stabbed" and the police, society's epitome of order and law are "breaking the heads of the people they were called out to protect" the brutality of

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  7. A psychoanalytic examination of The Time Machine

    The use of anaphora in this sentence shows how panicked the Time Traveller is at this point in the novel and that he is very bewildered, he is now opposed to believe his own story. Sigmund Freud was alive from 1856-1939. He developed his own ideas about the interpretation of dreams; Freud believed that there are three parts to our "self": The id; the part of us that wants things - where all our desires live, The ego; the part that works out how to get what we want, And the superego; the part that decides whether we should get what we want.

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  8. The Crucible - Act TWO

    (p.60) According to Elizabeth, the danger in accusing her is that Abigail can claim lechery on John. John could go to the Salem Court House and say that the girls are frauds but Abigail has the upper hand because she is an official of the court now. Abigail has accused Elizabeth because she intends to take her place as John's wife after Elizabeth is hanged for witchcraft. From a dramatic point of view, why does Miller have Hale appear at the point he does on p.61? Miller has Hale appear at the point he does on p.61 because the argument between John and Elizabeth is at its height.

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  9. The Crucible - Act ONE

    * The fact that the backbone of Salem (the church) was a complete paradox. An example of theocracy. (p.16 line 16-33) * The witch-hunts enabled the people to accuse and say things to people that ordinarily they would not; long winded neighbourly grudges could be resolved easily. (p.16 lines 34 - End) What is Thomas Putnam's reason for wishing ill to the Parris family? (see p.22-23 and 31-32) Thomas Putnam's reason for wishing ill to the Parris family is that Parris is the minister of Salem, and Putnam thinks that his family name had been shamed because his brother in law was rejected for the position of minister of Salem previously.

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  10. What makes a good mystery story

    For each of these stories I will explain how mystery and suspense is created with the use of language, characters and setting. 'The Red Room' by H.G Wells is a great story, some of the main reasons for why this is, is because of the vocabulary and words the author has used and also the setting that the story is created in. the author uses gothic language, giving the story more suspense; he also sets the story in a haunted setting which builds up tension.

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  11. Gothic Literature

    In "The Signalman by Charles Dickens" the railway cutting is described as being unusually deep and precipitous. It was made through a clammy stone that became oozier and wetter as I went down". The way that the cutting is so deep and precipitous, or steep, and covered with jagged stone makes it resemble something out of hell, and therefore making it a frightening setting, as you would imagine attempting to climb out in an emergency to be an unachievable task because there is no official footpath to follow.

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  12. Desperate Bosnians

    This is called investment in character. Maggie O'Kane tells the article in a different way. She uses something called a 'fictional technique'. She tells the article like a story. It makes it more interesting for the reader so the reader doesn't feel bored. It helps us to feel what it is like to be them. Maggie O'Kane's descriptions are powerful. Her descriptions are very colorful as well. 'A woman in a white bib and green overall mopped up her red blood.'

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  13. What make a good suspense / mystery story? Explain how the narrator of the red room and the signal man narrator create effective suspense and mystery in their stories.

    Go through that ad down the long corridor to the end, and the red room is on your left up the steps.'" The significance of the long distance to the red room show that the narrator is going on a physical journey to the red room, the journey made by the narrator to the signalman is described in an elaborate way, adding to the gothic theme, "time to recall singular air reluctance or compulsion" suggesting there is something more sinister to his descent too the railroad.

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  14. autobiographical writing

    It was slowly burning up the carpet I had tom act fast in the corner of my eye I saw a bottle of mineral water I rushed to get it. When I did get I tipped it over the flaming trap of death E.g. the burning carpet. I was relieved as not much damage had been caused and in peace of mind I sat on the sofa but this sanctuary did not last as after 2 minutes I could smell the disgusting smell of burning leather and so I looked under the sofa to my horror there was AQ bright orange glow quickly eating up the sofa like a savage beast.

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  15. War of the worlds prose Coursework

    H.G well's was a scientist, not only did he write fictional books, but he also went on to write science text books as well his own scientific papers. During the late 1800's, the theory of evolution was published, Britain's industry was booming, not to mention the countless scientific and creative breakthroughs being made at the time. This was a disconcerting time for many, especially the religious, and such times are regarded as ideal conditions for science-fiction authors. Well's at the early stages of 'War of The Worlds' employs the use of a scientist, Ogilvy 'a well known astronomer,' this is so that Well's can add a sense of credibility to his ideas by making them come from an astronomer.

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  16. The Timetraveller

    You could compare the book to current films like 'Day After Tomorrow' because it deals with current issues. 'Day After Tomorrow' talks about a current issue of global warming. When 'Time Machine' was written there were many theories about evolution. For instance, the time-traveller goes forward in time and expects the world to get better; this could go with the issues that Darwin and his theory of evolution were raising in Victorian society at the time. The word 'desolation' shows H G Wells agreement with Huxley's theory of entropy and decay. When the time-traveller goes forward in time, what he finds is not what he expected.

    • Word count: 909
  17. The Red room

    At the first mention of the monkey's paw the sergeant major hastily replies "nothing...leastways nothing worth hearing" this again creates tension as we do not know what it is and makes the reader want to read on. As the reader reads on and we advance through the story we find the Monkey's Paw is "just a bit of what you might call magic" this makes the story very exciting as more tension is created. It is essential to note the family has to get the sergeant major drunk before he will even consider talking about the monkey's paw but when

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  18. How Does the Author of The Red Room create tension in his writing?

    H.G Wells describes a fire-lightened room and straight away ghosts and the supernatural are mentioned by the main character, this gets the reader involved straight away where it starts with speech. After this the reader meets the strange characters of the story - the old people.When the narrator meets the old people we see his arrogence towards them as he describes them in a sense that he is actually mocking them and their suspicions to do with the red room.

  19. THE ASSASSIN.An extensive glossy and refined car with dark inclined windows

    As the night persisted, the dismal atmosphere sustained on the soundless streets around within miles however, across from the building from which the strange man had entered was an apartment room, which was as elegant as a slight encounter of a heavenly breeze. The elegant simplicity of the furnishings did nothing to disguise the very tense atmosphere, which was created by a short stocky man standing next to a huge clear viewed window out of which he was starring intently into an apartment room located somewhere within the building in which the wealthy man had just entered.

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  20. The red room

    The writer uses personification, e.g. 'shadows cower and quiver'. Shadows can't really cower and quiver, but this makes the story seem more interesting and intriguing. The writer uses repetition, e.g. 'it's your own choosing', the old people in the story keep repeating this quote, by repeating this tension is built up. The red room is about a sceptical twenty-eight year old man who plans to spend the night in The man in the story is totally convinced that the supernatural is not another dimension, but a result of human fear. He is sceptical and believes everything can scientifically be explained.

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  21. Discuss how the authors create tension in each of the stories. Which do you think is the more successful ghost story?

    The Red Room by H.G.Wells straight away creates an immediate impact upon the reader with the opening sentence used by the central protagonist. "I can assure you," said I,"that it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me" Instantly the reader is lured into the eerie atmosphere. The presence of the old people at this stage gives a certain sense of tension with their mysterious appearance, especially the man with the withered arm. The fact that there is no knowledge or history of the house at the beginning of the story is in itself quite mysterious.

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  22. How does mile Zola establish setting and character in the opening chapter of the novel 'Thrse Raquin'? In the opening paragraph, the author uses a lot of proper nouns for example

    It suggests that something bad is going to happen and it seems as though there is a foreboding atmosphere. The window of the shop seems like a place that people wouldn't want to loiter and even if they do, 'the shopkeepers look suspiciously at any passer-by'. Zola also includes a lot of pathetic fallacy in the opening chapter, which all portray a melancholic setting and gives the reader an idea that something unexpected will occur. It also may suggest that the world is leaking emotion and that passion maybe a theme later on in the book.

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  23. Describe a room in a deserted mansion making sure that the description reflects the characters that had once lived their and the events that had taken place

    This room seemed to be the only room with a sense of live in it; it had something about it that drew me in, and eventually enticed me in. I cautiously opened the heavily sculptured arched doorway, to unveil what looked like a large concert hall. My heart was beating in rhythm with my footsteps, almost so shocked and scared with the fact of the unknown that it nearly stopped. The light that I had experienced from outside the hall had seemed to of just vanished before my eyes as though someone was tampering with the light switch.

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  24. In The Cone the narration is in third person. This gives the impression that the characters are almost detached from the story, they could die at any moment. In parts where Raut is tense, you go into his mind

    If it were referred to without personification e.g. machine the reader would believe it was completely under control, with human description comes human cunning and in recent years around Europe, human betrayal and revolution. Much of what is said inside the iron works is relating to death: "blood-red vapour as red and hot as sin...it is as white as death" This constant referral to death builds tension because the reader is unsure if Horrocks knows about the affair and, if so, what he will do as reprisal.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Compare "The Red Room" by H G Wells and "Farthing House" by Susan Hill examining how the writers create suspense in the stories.

    "In my opinion I thought that the ending in "The Red Room" was an anti climax because after you have built yourself up so much while the narrator is in the red room to suddenly come round in daylight to find the three people that you previously found quite scary before, now caring for the wounded narrator it makes you think is that all it has been building up for, fear. My opinion for "Farthing House" is one of utter confusion because it changes tenses, from past to present, and you are not quite sure of what happens. I think that the ending of "Farthing House" was better compared to "The Red Room" because "Farthing House" leaves you confused so that you can think about it for a while whereas at the end of "The Red Room" you know the answers to all the important questions."

  • Compare The Pre-1914 Short Story ‘The Red Room’ With The Modern Short Story ‘Farthing House’

    "After having read both 'The Red Room' and 'Farthing House' and compared them, I can say that I preferred 'Farthing House'. This is because I found it easier to read, as the language is more accessible. I also found the storyline more interesting; I felt it had more depth than that of 'The Red Room', as did the characters. Gothic horror, such as the sort in 'The Red Room' does not appeal to me, because I find it is too predictable. Whereas the modern ghost story 'Farthing House' had an interesting twist at the end, similar to 'Hannibal' by 'Thomas Harris', which I recently read, and which ends in an unusual and unpredictable twist."

  • Analyse the short story 'The Red Room' by H.G. Wells. How does it create and maintain suspense?

    "Suspense is created by the descriptions of the characters and setting. The characters create tension by making the reader and narrator feel as if the room is evil and sinister. The grotesque and distorted characters make the story more believable. On the narrator's journey to the room everything is set in dim light or dull surroundings. This creates tension as darkness is given a sinister presence. The reader is always kept wondering about why things are like what they are. The behaviour of the old people when the narrator mentions 'The Red Room' makes us wonder about the secrecy of the room and it make us jump to conclusions. The use of descriptive language evokes dramatic images, which build up a sense of fear and expectation There was nothing eerie about the room. The fright and the terror of the room were all in the narrator's mind. The story tells us that if you let fear into your mind it will control you."

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