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  1. The novel The Time Machine is centred on the events which take place when a man of science-whose name is not given- journeys forward into the future

    However, new ideology was emerging at this time, thanks to revolutionary new ideas, from people such as Karl Marx-who found the Marxism school of thinking. This was based upon the idea that the lower and working classes were being exploited and alienated by their social superiors. While the Time Traveller is in the future, he uses his knowledge of the 1900s to evaluate what he sees of the people that he meets. This knowledge is based on the theory of evolution, an idea which was presented not long before the books publication, by Charles Darwin.

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  2. The Red Room

    He ignores whatever rumour he may hear about this room, and he dismisses the fact of a ghost trying to scare him. Although the complete opposite happens; the ghost attacks the narrator because he's the person that is fearless and that must be stopped. The build up to reaching 'The Red Room' and the narrator getting attacked creates suspense throughout the story, which reflects on the question to show it's a typical ghost story. There are three more characters in 'The Red Room' too.

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  3. Comparing The Red Room and Ghost at the window

    Firstly I'll be reviewing and commenting on The Red Room; The title "Red Room" immediately attracts the reader's attention; it is symbolic but leaves unanswered questions like, "What is the Red Room? Why is it red?" In my own opinion I think that red is also associated with fear and danger. Overall, the title raises so much curiosity that it has an overwhelming effect, and wanting the reader to read on; and to find out the answers to their questions.

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  4. The Red Room How successfully did HG Wells create an atmosphere of mystery and suspense in his story?

    Because of the narrator's commitment to being rational and clear-headed, he looks down upon anything that seems superstitious or fantastic. This disdain comes across in his dismissal of the "fanciful suggestion" of the room. Or the old people, who he says are prey to "fashions born in dead brains". In spite of his claims to being rational, a nervousness and sense of foreboding does creep into the narrator's tone as the story progresses. We see this first in the unease and mysterious suggestiveness of some of his descriptions, as when he says the shadows in the red room make "that odd suggestion of a lurking, living thing".

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  5. The Red Room is a short story written by H.G.Wells in 1896. It is written in 1st person to make us feel and think like the narrator as he doesnt know everything.

    To attract the reader and keep their attention throughout fear is essential to the story. In order to keep it interesting, tension has built through the text. For constructing the suspense, the story has anticlimaxes during the story and the climax is revealed towards the end. TRR seems like a supernatural story due to its elements and the language used by the poet but, there is no ghost in the whole story. It is filled with clich�s as a typical ghost story and make's the reader to think that it is supernatural. TRR takes place in a creepy Lorraine castle, which has been abandoned for quite a while and said to be haunted.

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  6. The story the man who could work miracles by H.G. Wells is a powerful warning about the impact that humans can have on their environment. Discuss the methods used by H.G. Wells to convey this message

    Things were beginning to change, they were slightly limited but it appeared human's were taking more control. Populations of towns and cities increased, laws changed, children had to go to school meaning more people were now educated. Machines being invented, like the plane or the Hoover, interested a lot of people and were considered as being miracles, in a different sense to what Wells suggest. I think Wells reflected on changes and wrote about them in more detail, such as in this story, humans using this control but getting carried away, and being the dominant species, beginning to control their environment.

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  7. Compare how the authors of The red Room(TM) and The Signalman(TM) create a sense of tension in their texts

    This is one similarity between the two stories which creates an edge of mystery contributing to tension. 'The Red Room' is set in a deserted castle that is dark and isolated (Lorraine Castle) with deformed characters who are 'grotesque'. The setting in 'The Signalman' is in a dark, lonely, damp location, in a steep, foreboding cutting and Dickens makes sinister descriptions here of the 'solitary' and 'dismal' post of the signalman which immediately creates tension due to the vulnerable image created of the signalman's daily work life .

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  8. Analysis and comparison of two gothic short stories: The Monkey(TM)s Paw(TM) by W.W. Jacobs and The Red Room(TM) by H.G Wells

    The creation of tension is achieved with the use of typical features, for instance setting or use of characters. When using the setting to create tension writers often set the main location in an isolated area. This is apparent in both stories 'The Monkey's Paw' is set in a cut off house during a storm and 'The Red Room' is set in a remote castle. The setting is established straight away in 'The Monkey's Paw' for instance; "without the night was cold and wet", Jacobs uses pathetic fallacy to relay illustrate to the reader what the story will be like and already creates tension.

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  9. War Of The Worlds trailor

    The trailer shows the basic storyline of the film without showing the ending to make people view the film and find out what happens. Titles and Credits The trailer begins with the studio logo, in this case the studio logo is 'Paramount'.. This is a big, reliable company with many successful films previously. Soon after the first shots, 'Dreamworks' is shown. This is also known as a reliable company. They have made famous films like Shrek and are well known for making animations.

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  10. The War of the Worlds

    This led to much speculation about life on the Red Planet. This great deal of observation may of have had been the idea of H.G.Wells writing the first science fiction novel. H.G.Wells ahs many notable works which include: The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine in the Moon and The Island of Doctor Moreau. H.G.Wells had an idea of invasion and colonisation which is clearly seen in the novel, 'The War of the Worlds' as people started to believe there was life on Mars.

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  11. How is suspense and tension created in The Monkey(TM)s Paw and The Red Room

    Also further tension is built when the night is described to be "cold and wet". This is called pathetic fallacy where conditions of nature reflect the mood and tone of the story in this case making the reader uncomfortable and concerned about the dangers outside. However the setting outside contrasts to the setting of the inside here Jacobs creates a warm mood where the "fire burned brightly". This show us of the safety inside but how long can this safety be maintained? Unlike Jacobs, Wells uses characters as well as setting to build the suspense and tension. For example one of the old men is described as having "half averted lip" and "decaying yellow teeth".

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  12. HG Wells Father of Science Fiction

    considered inhabitation of another planet when the Earth has become unable to support life, "the thread of life that has began here will have streamed out and caught our sister planet" So maybe the Martians are more human than we first thought, also the natural instinct for every living being is to survive. This also indicates that Wells the future isn't as bright as it could be. He often shows this within his writing such as "we cannot regard this planet as being fenced in and a secure hiding place for man" A main convention that has been used by a lot of science fiction writers is extraterrestrial life.

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  13. How true is the statement Guys like us are the loneliest guys in the world?(TM)

    Loneliness has made Crook's a very bitter and isolated man. He is truly not able to leave this situation because of his race. The other men at the ranch do not communicate with Crooks unless he is working because he is black. Other than when they are working, the other men ignore Crooks off all of their activities. Crooks is very isolated, and doesn't seem to want any company. He has become bitter and known to lash out at people because of the loneliness that he has. Crooks's emotions are showed to the reader when he talks to Lennie in his room about having no one to relate to and communicate with.

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  14. The Red Room - Literary Analysis Coursework

    Horror fiction often overlaps with science fiction; Wells was a master of the genre. Many or all horror fiction readers actually desire to be scared by the very books that they read, as the author Douglas Winter stated "Horror is not a genre, like the mystery, crime or western. It is not a kind of fiction, meant to be confined to the ghetto of a special shelf in libraries or bookstores. Horror is an emotion." The Red Room has the typical standpoint of a gothic story, set in an old manor house.

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  15. Free essay

    How is the convention of gothic fiction used to build tension in "The Red Room" and "Monkey's Paw"

    Also the man with the withered arm keeps repeating the same warning to him, "it's your own choosing." As this saying is said over and over, it sticks to our minds that something bad may happen to the narrator, which builds up the tension, as we would want to know what would happen to the narrator then. In the Monkey's Paw, the settings of the inside and outside of the cottage are very separate and different. Inside we know is warm and safe as the story says, "the blinds were drawn and the fire burned brightly," which gave out a positive tone to the inside.

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  16. An Ispector Calls

    The Birling's were celebrating the engagement of both Sheila and Gerald. However, once the Inspector arrives he soon has control of the whole situation making the atmosphere very tense. Mr Birling has a somewhat high status and tries using this to his advantage to intimidate the Inspector, evidently he realises this doesn't trouble him and notices he has no authority compared to the Inspector. 'A sharp ring of the front door bell' Priestley uses this technique to bring the play to a pause, whilst Mr Birling stops in his tracks to soon question who is at the door.

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  17. H.G wells and Charles dickens create tension and suspense in "the red room" "the signalman" and "confessions found in prison"

    At the end of the story he comes to a conclusion of his own about the red room. In 'The Signalman', the story of the haunting of the red light makes the signalman feel very responsible of the two deaths which occurs after seeing the ghost and listening to its warnings. The first death that happens is when the signalman sees the red light and listens to his warning. A confession found in prison is about a man stuck in prison and tells us the story of how he killed his brother's child due to jealousy.

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  18. There is tension already created by the title The Red Room. You wonder what is the red room? Also you start thinking what the red could be linked up with such as danger, fear, and blood

    H.G Wells created suspense and fear through the story in many ways. He gives them no names and refers to them only as the man and the woman. There is suspense raised through the personalities of the three people living there, with language as it is very deep toned and dark for example " Its your own choosing," by saying this it could have more than one meaning, also it is repeated three times which brings suspense and fear. It creates suspense with the description and their actions for example "the man with the withered arm".

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  19. Karenia brevis: Ecological Effects of Red Tide

    One particular dinoflagellate, Karenia brevis, occurs almost annually along the coasts of the Gulf of Mexico and Florida waters. Karenia brevis releases potent neurotoxins called brevetoxins that affect the nervous system of vertebrates, accumulate in shellfish, and can become aerosolized. The occurrences of "Florida Red Tide" have resulted in serious and harmful ecological effects such as the air pollution, immense mortalities of invertebrates, mammals, and fish, as well as severe health threats to humans. First to understand the ecological effects of red tide, one must know the underlying factors of this natural phenomenon, neurotoxins. In this case, brevetoxins are the neurotoxins produced by Karenia brevis that are released during a bloom.

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  20. copper chloride lab

    strip in comparison to a pH scale and record observations Experiment #2: * Fold filter paper into a cone * Place filter cone in a ring stand, supported by the stabilizer * Place spare beaker underneath filter cone * Take the beaker with the red substance and slowly pour it through the filter paper * Scrape the remaining red substance into the filter paper * Place the filter paper with the red substance into another small beaker * Place beaker into the oven to dry overnight * On day 2, remove red substance from the beaker and unravel the filter

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  21. Gothic Horror

    The young man meets three old people whom all have no names, yet are identified by their distorted features. He is advised not go to the room, yet he persists that he will not believe in a ghost until it has physical defiance. Later on the young man is faced with the ghost, and finds out that there is more to the ghost than it first appears. In this essay I will write on the area under discussion of how the two writers of Red Room, and Monkeys Paw create suspense, and tension in each of their short stories.

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  22. How does the writer build up suspense and present the supernatural in 'The Red Room' and 'Withered Arm'?

    People were also very religious and believed in God, the devil, and witchcraft. They also believed that people who were disfigured or ugly were evil. A quote is, "what came by a spell will go by a spell." Victorians prized appearance. What they looked like was very important. Men often married for wealth or status like farmer Lodge marrying Gertrude for her beauty and youth, but doesn't love her, especially when she becomes disfigured. This is more obvious when he appears to go off her. An example of men marrying for status in Victorian times is Farmer Lodge not loving Gertrude anymore because of her arm.

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  23. the red room

    Not only does Wells use terrifying language, he also sets the setting through the narrator, we realise that the Narrator is very well educated as he uses complex words such as, "tangible", "grotesque" and "custodians". In some ways this makes you dislike the narrator and so you want him to get a fright, creating suspense. In the red room the narrators language goes from being very "matter-of-fact", to being very emotional; this change in language is what makes you feel comfortable, because he is comfortable and then he loses this "matter-of-[fact ness]" and so it creates something terrifying.

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  24. The Red Room

    In 'The Signalman', the story of the haunting of the "appearance" makes the signalman feel very responsible of the two deaths which occurs after seeing the ghost and listening to its warnings. The first death that happens is when the signalman sees the "appearance" and listens to his warning. The dead and injured were brought over the spot were it stood on. The second death happens to a young and beautiful lady. After stopping the train they find her dead in the cabin.

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  25. will discuss the things in two Victorian ghost stories i.e. 'The Monkey's Paw' and 'The Red Room' which they have in common

    The reader knows the wish has come true: Herbert has risen from the grave having been dead for ten days. This will be a fearful image because he is now a rotting corpse. In 'The Red Room' fear is also a key element. As the narrator who doesn't believe in ghosts, he walks towards the 'Red Room' he goes through a passage where he sees a shadow as a person, 'crouching to attack him. The narrator is scared, even before he gets to The 'Red Room'! Feelings of fear are making him doubt his original feelings that ghosts don't exist.

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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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