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  1. What are the important characteristics of an effective ghost story?

    It almost gives no clue as to what the story is about. 'The Axe' tends to make people think of a literal axe which instantly gives people that horror story feel. Though, of course, 'The Axe' can be taken two ways in the sense that to fire someone from their job can be referred to as axing them or it could be an actual axe. All three of the stories start in different manners, which sets them apart. 'The Red Room' begins with speech; 'I can assure you... that it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me'.

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  2. Comparing "The Monkey's Paw" and "The Red Room" In this essay, I am going to compare "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs

    Using night is also important for increasing the suspense and catching reader's attention because most of us are afraid of the dark and especially that we can't see what could be out there hiding, so our fear starts to generate and we start asking our selves about what could happen next. The other factor about the setting of this story that creates suspense and must be taken into account is that this house is isolated and is "...out-of-the-way...". The isolation is a very important factor that completes the horror scene perfectly, because if you are isolated you can't get help if you faced danger and your loud screams will not be heard whatsoever.

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  3. Choose three characters from different stories. Compare their experiences.

    the narrator is a rather arrogant young man who spends a night in Lorraine castle, in a "haunted" room. Despite the warnings of the "weirdo's" he is intent on proving to them that ghosts don't exist. But at the end he changes his opinion due to the night's events. The first comparison that you become aware of is the fact that all the characters are affected by some form of supernatural force. As in R.R. the "weirdo's" believed that ghosts, spirits etc lived in the room, but we find out it is actually his own fear that torments him.

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  4. Going to analyse H.G wells novel 'The Time Machine. I shall be focusing on chapter 12 of the play and explaining how this chapter is the climax of the narrative

    These people are frequently identified by their professions rather than their names. The room consists of a provincial mayor, a medical man, a sociologist and a journalist. All of these people have professional careers; they have recognition in society due to their professions. This instantly shows us the class division of the time, as no non-professional person is present in the gathering. Meaning that the public is given little or no importance in informing them of such a scientific breakthrough.

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  5. Explain what makes a good mystery story, based on your understanding of 'The Red Room' by H.G. Wells The Red Room by H. G. Wells

    The Red Room is based upon the myths concerning a haunted room within an old derelict castle. The story is told in first person, which makes it very personal and allows the reader to feel as if he/she were there. It is about a young man who volunteers to go and stay overnight in the 'Red Room'. The room is known to be haunted and there are many myths and legends about death that are brought up during the story.

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  6. How do the authors create atmosphere and tension in "The Monkeys Paw" and "The Red Room"

    Every wish comes true but little do they know that the wish that they asked for would backfire horrifically killing there only child. The Red Room is another story that was written in the 19th century. However different to The Monkey's paw this story does not have a supernatural or inhuman power. The story is about a man that's name is not told and his quest to stay in a supposedly haunted room but unluckily for him, the room possessed a far greater force than spirits or monsters but the very thing that eats away at a mans emotions-FEAR!

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  7. Unlike "The Red Room" and "The Monkey's Paw", the setting of "The Telltale Heart" is not significant to building up suspense; however there are a few elements that do

    The drawn blinds block out dark, wet outdoors and add a dimension of protection to the setting, which is invaded by the arrival of the monkey's paw. This is similar to the old man in "The Telltale Heart" using "close fastened" shutters to stop robbers coming in to his room. The irony is that he became a victim of the man he thought was his friend. The approaching path to the house is described by Mr White as a "bog" which is indicative of the later event of the dead son returning from his grave.

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  8. 'The Red Room'

    At the beginning of the story, the main character (also the narrator) is open minded and sure of himself. He believes that there are no ghosts. He is very cynical, which is shown when he refuses to believe what the three old pensioners tell him. The anonymous character is referred to as `I' as we don't know how these pensioners know him or who he is. This leaves him with no identity, making readers think he's mysterious. The character says 'I can assure you said I, that it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me.'

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  9. How Are Suspense and Tension Created in The Red Room?

    As the narrator begins his journey to the red room more tension is created. "... and my candle flared and made the shadows cower a quiver, the echoes rang up and down the spiral staircase..." so we have shadows cowering and quivering which is exactly what people do when they are frightend, the shadows are also being personified which could be a representation of the narrator's fear. The author uses shadows again to create tension when he is on his way to the red room. "... and as a shadow came sweeping up after me..."

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  10. Examine how Elizabeth Gaskell and H.G Wells build up tension andconvey fear in two gothic short stories; 'The Old Nurse's Tale' and 'The RedRoom'

    It also effectively attracts the immediate attention from the reader's interest and from the very beginning we become aware the story is gothic and are instantaneously caught up in the suspense of the story. The story begins at a steady climax and rises up into a state of absolute climax. Throughout the story it has many jumps of suspense until the reader is left shrouded in it. There are supernatural occurrences from the very beginning of the story and they become more intense with time until the narrator is left in 'a state of considerable nervous tension'.

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  11. H.G. Wells' Novel "The War Of The Worlds" Successfully Creates A Thrilling Climate Of Terror Which Often Reflects Late Victorian Insecurities. Discuss This Statement With Reference To The Purpose And Craft Of The Author - 1994 Words

    It was a period of great empire and industrialization, but along with that came hardships, particularly for the working-class. Working conditions were poor and occupational hazards were a part of life. Wells also drew on his background in science. Natural selection and the conflict with religion were emerging as strong issues. At the time this book was written, Britain was undergoing an industrial revolution that meant drastic improvements in technology in science, altering people's lifestyles and jobs. Wells feeds off of these developments in science to the extent that he writes about intellectually and industrially superior Martians invading planet Earth.

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    It suggests that they don't believe that the wish has worked and that it was just a fake all along. He sees faces in the fire. This could be his son's soul flashing before him or the fakir watching him. The faces are full of hate and danger and almost certainly come from the monkeys paw: "...gazing at the dying fire, and seeing faces in it." He could be having hallucinations as a side effect of the monkeys paw. "The last face was so horrible that he gazed at it in amazement."

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  13. The Shawshank Redemption

    The opening scene we later learn is a flashback to the night of the murders showing Andy in his car sitting outside the house where his wife and her lover are about to be murdered. The director uses light and sound to build the scene. There is singing in the background with the first credits, and then the same music comes from the radio in Andy's car. Then there are sound effects for crickets and an owl coming from outside the car.

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  14. The 'Red Room', 'The Ostler' and 'Superstitious man's story'.

    Notice he says tangible. It could mean that a ghost wouldn't scare him, as ghosts (according to others) aren't tangible. Furthermore he shows his fearlessness by describing the old people in a ghostly way and yet he himself is not showing any fear at this stage. Wells also uses clever manipulation, for he manipulates the reader into thinking that fear is not present at all, which is not the case, because that aspect of fear is around him with the old people. So by him showing such a contrast in the fearless character of the narrator, and the fearful environment or people, he makes the narrator stand out and be thought of as very gallant indeed.

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  15. To what extent is ' The Red Room' a typical ghost story?

    As with most castles, the castle itself would be situated alone and isolated from the modern world, in the countryside. Because of the size of the castle, the narrator has to go a long way to get to ' The Red Room'. He has to go along a passage, up a spiral staircase, through a door leading off a landing, down a corridor and then up a few steps. This journey becomes quite frightening even before he gets to the actual room. He refers to the "chilly echoing passage" where his "candle flared and made the shadows cower and quiver".

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  16. How is The Time Machine representative of the late victorian era?

    This era was a time of invention and of innovation because of the industrial revolution. The Victorian era was a quite advanced time as they had a great interest in exploration and they were very interested in inventions and what they could achieve, so "The Time Machine" fits in perfectly because it is an extraordinary invention. This is why Wells' books were popular because they were the first daring science fiction books. He was a fan of Charles Darwin which obviously influenced his books especially "The Time Machine". Darwin talks about how humans evolved from apes and the theory of evolution.

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  17. Compare the ways that H G Wells and WW Jacobs create tension in the two Gothic stories, The Monkey's Paw and The Red Room.

    family receive news of their son's death, and the third is at the end of the story when the dead son is at the door and Mr White makes his third wish. As one of the tension points is at the start of the story, he grabs the reader's attention and makes the reader want to read on to the end. This is very similar to 'The Red Room', where there are also tension points in the story. 'The Red Room' also has three tension points in the story, which are when the narrator goes into the corridor and the

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  18. With reference to style and content, examine how the two stories you have read are typical 19th century short stories - 'The Red room' by H.G. Wells and 'The Judges House' by bram Stoker.

    The setting for this type of story was usually a ruined Gothic castle or abbey. The Gothic novel, or Gothic romance, emphasized mystery and horror and was filled with ghost-haunted rooms, underground passages and secret stairways. You don't tend to see this type of story anymore and the popularity that they enjoyed decades ago seems to be waning. With the two stories, they have many similarities with a typical gothic mystery novel. The setting for a gothic story is normally some sort of haunted room or house.

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  19. Explain the relationship between the Eloi and the Morlocks, and the main characters of each. What did you think of each species? Did you sympathize with either?

    The Elois were described as being beautiful, peaceful, and graceful. They had their own language in which the Time Traveler described as having "a strange and very sweet and liquid tongue," (Wells, 25). The Elois only lived on fruits since other kinds of cattle or animals became extinct after they ate each other. According to the Time Traveler, the Elois were small and weak as if they were suffering from tuberculosis. Even though the Eloi seemed to be careless and fearless during the day, they were afraid of the dark in which they called "Dark Night".

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  20. Examine the ways in which the writers create an atmosphere of tension, mystery and suspense in the stories, The Monkeys Paw and The Red Room.

    "The Monkey's Paw", is such a mysterious title. We consider to ourselves some explanation for such a mystifying title. On first reading, we would simply take it as an entity that is in the story itself. But after reading the story we realize that it is perhaps symbolic of greed, evil and temptation, which is the theme of the story. In "The Red Room", the theme instead is fear. We learn from the story that it is fear, but we miss it when we read the title. We find also that the Red Room is a very curious title, as a room can't actually be red can it?

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  21. The success of "The Withered Arm" and "The Red Room" depends largely upon the author's ability to create suspense. Discuss the various forms of suspense, evident in both short stores. Effective or not?

    Hardy sets the story in the fictional village of Holmstoke, the world "stoke" means fire. This gives the readers two impressions, one of comfortable feelings and another impression which associates with bad things like hell and witchcraft. The location of Rhoda's house instantly suggests how emotionally isolated she is. Her intense jealousy of Gertrude can be noticed by the way she demands her son to spy on Gertrude's appearance. "If she's dark or fair, and if she's tall -as tall as I" by this she is trying to compare the new wife to herself.

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  22. Asimov's Science in His Science Fiction

    He allows the reader to think, "Could this be real?" because his ideas are not too far-fetched to be reality. Many scientists have expressed that Asimov's idea of "three laws safe" from one of his most famous collections of short stories, I, Robot, would be implemented into future robotic technology; as stated in a criticism by Beauchamp as he wrote on Asimov's positive views on technology. The reason for such a positive view is that Asimov is convinced, as a man of science, that as technology grows, so will our understanding of it.

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  23. How do H.G Wells and E. Allen-Poe create an atmosphere of fear and tension in 'The Red Room' and 'The Tell Tale Heart.

    This is also a rhetorical question, inviting the reader to read on and discover what this man is talking about when he starts to talk about madness. There is also some emotive language in the opening, especially when he starts talking about heaven and hell, and being able to hear all things within them, "I heard all things in the heaven and the earth. I heard many things in hell," this again was a talked about subject in those days, as it was used as a threat to warn people away from sin, and to introduce it in the first paragraph was a very striking move.

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  24. Bradbury and Wells Both Try to Show 'Fear' in Their Story. How Do They Do This?

    All the candles blow out and we assume that he faints. Next we find out he is downstairs with bandages and he says that there wasn't anything in the room, it was simply his fear taking over him. The Whole Town's Sleeping is about a woman named Lavinia Nebbs who is thirty-seven year of age and her friend Francine who is two years younger. These two friends plan to go to the movies one evening. There was gossip going around this small, isolated village where the two friends lived about a murderer known as the 'Lonely One' who strangles women to death leaving them their tongues out.

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  25. The red room - review.

    Also it gets straight to the point. We meet the second character, the reader doesn't get told any names just that it is a man with a withered arm, this builds tension because we don't know who this man is, it sets the scene because we immediately presume that the man is old. He tells the man that 'it is his own choosing,' he doesn't want anything to do with what this man wants to do, and he makes that clear, The old man is trying to warn the young man but at the same time he is leaving the 'decision' to him.

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