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  1. Discuss how writers build tension & convey atmosphere.

    The audience is then effectively led into an early assumption that the narrator will be proved wrong, that there will be a ghost, and it will, most certainly frighten him. The setting is described in clues hidden throughout the text, therefore the picture is built up slowly for example, there is a fireplace by which they are all gathered 'As I stood up by the fire... a shambling step on the flags... door creaked...' I know as I read this story, before I was told, I imagined a large old castle with cold floors and the only source of heat being an old wood fire.

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  2. Comparison of three Victorian Short Stories, The Red Room, The Signalman and The Man With The Twisted Lip.

    He even makes it clear how ancient and old-fashioned everything in the castle is. Unlike Dickens and Conan Doyle, Wells does not wish the story to be closely linked with the period in which he wrote it, this was so that he could explore the ageless nature of fear itself. The story is atavistic in a way because he is relating and including the ideas that are contained in gothic fiction, which makes the story more effective. Gothic fiction attempts to terrify the reader and it always involves the supernatural.

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  3. Examining the way in which H G Wells has conveyed the element of fear in The Red Room.

    This old fashioned phrase is repeated three times throughout the story for emphasis, clearly indicating that the old man is not pressuring the narrator into anything. Even at such an early stage, we become curious concerning the writer's artful style of writing, knowing little about the man with the withered arm and his possible involvement in the events yet to follow. The man with the withered arm is therefor, at this stage the subject of Well's' successful build up of dramatic suspense and fear.

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  4. 'Compare and contrast the ways in which writers represent the supernatural in The Red Room by H.G Wells and The Withered Arm by Thomas Hardy'.

    The writer starts the story with the reader immediately in on the scene, there is no introduction, but we do meet all the characters, though their names are never mentioned. A sense of mystery about the characters, therefore, is established from the outset. We meet a young scientist, our narrator, who is to stay in The Red Room, an old woman and two old men. In The Red Room, Wells makes careful use of repetition to create and sustain suspense.

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  5. Explore the effectiveness of H.G Wells science fiction novel 'The War of the Worlds' and assess its legacy to the genre.

    Ogilvy's idea in his ignorance was, 'that meteorites might be falling in a heavy shower upon the planet.' In the first chapter H.G Wells describes the Martians as 'cold' and 'calculating' with, 'intellects greater than mans yet mortal as his own.' This builds up a mental image of the Martians as being heartless with only one thing in mind, the destruction of human kind. Although H.G Wells presents the Martians in this way he also appears to present them as 'desperate.'

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  6. "The Red Room".

    He stands in a confident, relaxed position. He is very sure of himself and half suspected the old people were trying to enhance the spiritual terrors of the house by their "droning insistence." His sarcastic comments also show his confidence, "I will relieve you from the task of entertaining me." In addition he says he has come to the castle with an open mind, but seen as he wont even consider the option of there being a ghost, he obviously believes he is right.

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  7. Discuss The Elements Of 'The Time Machine ' By H G Wells. What are Characteristics Of A Science Fiction Novel.

    It is a very ambitious idea, seen as other science fiction novels of the time like 'First Man in the Moon'- H G Wells have, in time been accomplished and proven to be science fact, but such a subject as time travel still today remains sceins fiction. Wells shows great understanding of time travel, as his language in the first chapter shows us, he discusses his theory of the '4th dimension' his language in the first paragraph proves to be very scientific 'the geomtrey, for instans, that they taught you at school is founded on a missconseption' this stlye bof

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  8. Compare how the writers of 'The Red Room' and 'The Whole Town's sleeping' attempt to create a sense of fear and tension for the reader.

    If the evil is only taking place in one small setting, then it is likely to be more dangerous as there is less physical protection and less land for the evil to reign within. Therefore, the title is not just informing the reader that within the story there is likely to be the presence of evil but it also infers that this particular evil is likely to be strong and dangerous. Consequently, both titles are used to instantly make an impact on the reader.

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  9. Compare 'The Whole Town's Sleeping' with 'A Terribly Strange Bed'.

    Also, while they both do successfully build up tension and suspense, they achieve this in different ways. 'The Whole Town's Sleeping' uses repetition and short descriptions, "safe, safe, safe", where as 'A Terribly Strange Bed' uses long descriptions to increase the drama. Also, the pace of 'The Whole Town's Sleeping' is fast and furious, unlike 'A Terribly Strange Bed', where the pace of the story is slow and frustrating as more and more tension is built up. There is also different feelings of tension and suspense from the reader's part right from the beginning, as in TWTS, the tension and

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  10. The Importance Of Place In "The Red Room".

    The reason being for this effect is to enhance an admission of defenselessness and vulnerability over the audience, and above all, a state of realization that the same could happen to them. The same applies throughout "The Red Room", except HG Wells does not begin his quest for explanation and depiction until at least a 1/4 way through. Instead, the piece begins with dialogue and the line "It will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me" tells us two things, 1.)

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  11. What is H.G. Wells trying to achieve with his novel The Time Machine? What Literary techniques does he use to accomplish his objective? You should refer to historical, social and cultural influences at the time.

    Wells is now sometimes named 'the father of modern science fiction'. He died on the 13th August 1946, whilst working on a project that dealt with the dangers of nuclear war. The novel begins with the Time Traveller explaining his theories about the fourth dimension to a group of friends and associates gathered at his home for a weekly dinner. Most of the men present follow his explanations, agree in theory to most of his observations, but quickly become sceptical when the Time Traveller moves from speaking of the nature of time, to the possibility of moving within it.

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  12. Compare and contrast 'The Darkness Out There' by Penelope Lively and 'The Red Room' by H G Wells.

    She said that the plane was all smashed up before she got to see the whole of the plane. Sandra was astonished she said 'ooh I wouldn't have gone close to It.' Said Sandra. She said that she heard the engine and knew it was going to come down. Mrs. Rutter said that they had no telephones so no one could call the police. Then Mrs. Rutter started explaining how her and her sister Dot went to go and look at the plane that crashed. 'We got our wellies on, and dot had a lantern. And we went off.

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  13. I believe that sci-fi is a genre that allows the readers imagination to flow at its fullest. Sci-Fi asks the question 'what if?' The reader does not know what is in store for them unlike romance novels where they are mostly the same.

    The book also made people think what if aliens did land. It helps to know what year a book was written as you will then know how farfetched it is for the time that it was written. With 'War of the Worlds' it is very useful to know as it is the first time this genre has ever been written in the world. This book was written at just the right time I believe as the turn of the century was coming up and as we all know everyone has their own crazy ideas of how the world is going to end at the climax of each millennium.

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  14. Comparison between ‘The Red room’ and ‘Farthing House’.

    "I can assure you, said I it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me". The young man believes that it will take a 'tangible ghost to frighten him'. The young man does panic when confronted with odd occurrences. The word 'tangible' is used to describe the ghost. This reinforces that only a touchable ghost will scare the young man but when he is in the 'Red Room' he never sees any tangible ghost but also sees candles going out and the darkness increasing.

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  15. Explain how tension and suspense is created in a selection of short stories by H.G.Wells.

    After a while even the young man confesses to himself how he wasn't expecting these miserable old people in this quote "I must confess I had scarce expected these grotesque custodians "(pg 4). The man later went on to describes how the men became ghost's of themselves "A monstrous shadow of him crouched upon the wall and mocked his actions as he poured and drank" (pg 6) A man with a withered arm repetitively keep saying the words "It's your own choosing to go in that room" (pg 6).

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  16. Comparing the ways H.G.Wells Creates Suspense in 'The Red Room' and 'The Stolen Bacillus'.

    As soon as 'The Red Room' begins H.G.Wells puts in suspense. Firstly by entering in the middle of a conversation, secondly by mentioning the word "ghost" in the first sentence and thirdly by making you wonder; who's speaking? The narrator says, "it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten" him. By this he means that I'm not scared of anything and that he thinks that he's mentally tough and strong. The author then creates more suspense by describing three very old, strange and decrepit people.

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  17. Explore how the theme of social progress is presented in 'The Time Machine.' To what extent could it be said to be a novel of its time?

    This is possibly were he got the idea for the 'sunless world' in which the Morlocks were to inhabit. While Wells was still young his father's business failed and his mother became the housekeeper in Uppark mansion. He spent most of his time moving around in the basement of the mansion through a labyrinth of tunnels reserved for the servants. This probably influenced his description of the underworld inhabited by the Morlocks. These tunnels were used as a popular feature of 'fin de si�cle' to describe the unspeakable, such as cannibalism, homosexuality etc. During Wells time there was a rigid class system. He had direct experience of the unfairness of the class system at the turn of the century.

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  18. How do 19thC prose writers create an atmosphere of tension and suspense in their Novels?

    For a modern audience, the "horror" stories of the 19thC are not very scary at all. This is because nowadays people are more accustomed to violence, murder and evil via the world media. Also, since the 19thC, science and technology have uncovered and made public a lot of things that were thought to be supernatural. This has caused horror writers and more recently film makers to think even harder to make their films and books 'scary'. To analyze the techniques used I have decided to study three short stories: - The Red Room - H.

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  19. I have chosen to compare The Red Room by H.G.Wells and The Monkeys Paw written by W.W.Jacobs.

    and '...the man with the withered arm,' picturing these characters just increases the haunting feeling of the place. The imagery of these people just fit together with the house in my mind because I can imagine a senile old woman pressuring her own fears on the man. Also pre 20th Century readers would have been frightened of a man with a deformity because they didn't understand what was wrong with people who had deformities. The story makes you want to read on because you want to find out what would frighten this very assured man who seems to have no fear, 'that it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me.'

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  20. Which is the better suspense story, "The Red Room" or "The Landlady?"

    Once he gets in there, he quickly locks the door. The man starts examining the room to make sure there's nothing there. Once he examined the room, he started to feel nervous for no reason. Soon after he lit a match and noticed that two candles behind him had gone out. As he went to light them again the other candles extinguished one by one. All the lights were out but the room was still lit. It was a red light from the fire. He couldn't light the candles back again n the room was totally dark.

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  21. A general comparison of the storylines of two Science fiction novels, H.G Wells The Time Machine and Arthur C. Clarke's 2010: Odessey Two.

    I read quite a few books in preparation for this task, among them were Foundation, by Isaac Asimov, Dune, by Frank Herbert, Fahrenheit 471, by Ray Bradbury, and recently I read Timeline, by Michael Crichton. Some of these books I could not use, because a British author did not write them, but I also read the series of 'Space odyssey' books by Arthur C. Clarke. These books explored the theme of space travel in the near future, and although the story is a continuing saga, each book in the series can be read without reading the one before it or the one after; each one tells its own tale, from beginning to end.

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  22. Which is the Better Suspense Story, "The Red Room" or "The Landlady"

    I think that The Red Room is a more interesting title compared to The Landlady because it gives the effect of it being a scary horror story, which would make the readers think what the story is about so they would want to read the book. The opening of The Red Room is a little confusing to me because you don't quite know what's happening (in the beginning of the story). The story starts off by the narrator saying to the old people "it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me."

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  23. Compare how the writers build up atmosphere in the 'Red Room' by H.G Wells and 'The Darkness Out There' by Penelope Lively

    As you compare these two stories you can tell that one is set in an older generation than the other story and it also has more of a gothic aspect to it than the other does. The story I'm talking about is 'The Red Room'. A gothic story is a type of romantic fiction that predominated in the English Literature in the last third of the 18th century and he first two decades of the 19th century, the setting for which was usually ruined Gothic castle or abbey.

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  24. Using Fear as a Theme, Compare the Short Stories

    Penelope Lively does not go into such great detail and basically outlines a view of people and objects so it can be left to the reader's imagination. The difference between the times in which they were written also means that individual words and sentences in the red room seem old fashioned, "I must confess, I scarce expected these grotesque custodians." This language is unlikely to be used in modern writing. Although both stories begin by setting the scene, the two authors do this very differently.

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  25. The Red Room - Show how the author created and builds the tension in this story

    The story is structured to create and sustain suspense, and I feel, successfully does so from the beginning through to the climax of the story where the young man is engulfed in total darkness. The story is told in first person, which makes it very personal and makes the reader feel as if he/she was there. It is about a young man who volunteers to go and stay overnight in the famous 'Red Room'. 'The Red Room' in Lorraine Castle, is known for being jinxed and there are many stories or legends about death that are brought up during the story.

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