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  1. A comparison of 'The WholeTownSleeping' by Ray Bradbury and 'The Red Room' by H.G. Wells. How do the writers of these two short stories try to make you empathise with the fears and uncertainties of the central characters?

    The story resembles a horror film in many respects and is similar to the films that were popular around the time the story was written. A number of false climaxes are included to help build up the suspense and Lavinia imagines pounding music as she runs through the ravine, like that heard in the tense, frightening scenes in horror films. 'And she realised as she ran, as she ran in panic and terror, that some part of her mind was dramatising, borrowing from the turbulent score of some private film'.

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  2. Comparing the works of Susan Hill- 'Farthing house', and H.G Wells- 'The red room'.

    Many ghost stories are based on 'unfinished business', which the human characters are out to solve and uncover the truth and reconciliation behind the supernatural happenings. The setting of a ghost story is the most important convention, which goes towards the sense of 'being there' and the atmosphere to the reader or viewer observing. The main constituent behind the setting of a ghost story is not the main constituent behind the setting of a ghost story is not location, but the obscurity.

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  3. Discuss the treatment of the theme of fear in 'The Whole Town Is Sleeping' by Ray Bradbury and 'The Red Room' by H G Wells.

    Both stories are true to their genres, but they have different genres. 'The Red Room', with its old isolated house, occupied by strange housekeepers and a typically vulnerable main character is a classical ghost story, whereas 'The Whole Town Is Sleeping' is a psychological thriller. The reader is kept in suspense all the way through the story until right at the end when there is a dramatic cliff-hanger. We are never told who the killer actually is, which is generally more thought provoking for the reader and therefore makes them feel slightly insecure.

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  4. Gothic stories -

    The sentence is also put there to foretell the future. In a scary thriller novel it is common for the main character to encounter ghosts and other fears so to show his bravery, he mocks the ghosts. The person who does do so is guaranteeing that they will be the next to encounter these fears. Therefore this sentence shows that this character will see his fears next. The next tension-building sentence, which the author uses, is his constant use of the fire, "And I stood up before the fire".

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  5. Compare 'The Red Room' by H.G Wells and 'The Darkness under the Stairs' by Lance Salway examining how the writers create suspense in the stories.

    Salway uses the repetition of the phrase "...he had to..." to help the reader understand Andrew's reasoning. It is this feeling which is frequently repeated and it creates fear and suspense as the reader is waiting to discover what is in the room and why Andrew has this feeling of intrepidation. In 'The Red Room', the speaker is going into the room to prove a point and share the knowledge of the room with the people at the beginning. On the one hand, this makes it less frightening because he doesn't have the fear, as Andrew does, of going mad as if he is imagining it all.

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  6. This essay will consider the similarities and differences between the techniques and devices used to tell the story in two novels dealing with a similar theme: 'The Red Room' by HG Wells and 'A Hundred Secret Senses' by Amy Tan.

    The reader begins to wonder if the protagonist will believe in ghosts after he has visited the Red Room. This keeps the reader intrigued and holds suspense from an early point in the story. The sentence `it's your own choosing' from `the man with the withered arm' is also an effective technique used by the author to keep the reader intrigued about what will happen in `the Red Room.' There is also a clear division in `The Red Room' between good and bad. The central character seems to be a foolish hero and the `three old pensioners' are also seen to be good characters.

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  7. How do the writers of 'The Red Room' and 'The Whole Town's Sleeping' create tension in their stories?

    We are then introduced to the other characters in this text, an old woman, and two old men, one of which is distinctive because of his withered arm. Their wisdom is immediately displayed when the old woman replies to the young man- "There's a many things to see, when one's still but eight-and-twenty." Immediately a conflict is set up between the old and the young, or even the inexperience and the wisdom. "The Whole Town's Sleeping" was written in 1950 and is a part of the fear or thriller genre.

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  8. How is Tension and Suspense created in The Red Room and Farthing House?

    She experiences something spiritual at Farthing House, which affects her greatly and she writes a letter to her pregnant daughter telling her of her experiences. As the story begins, we see Mr Flower taking the journey to see her Aunt Addy at Farthing house. Immediately, the reader can feel the tension in the story as she is nearing the village. "The road narrowed to a single track, between trees, I began to feel nervous anxious" The impression given of a single track surrounded by trees can be seen as quite frightening, especially when you're on your own and no-one else is around.

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  9. "Show how H.G Wells and Robert Bloch Create fear in 'The Red room' and 'Hobo'. What techniques do they use? How effective are they?"

    The description of the scene really helps the reader to create a mental image of the setting and helps them to imagine just how enclosed, claustrophobic and stifling the boxcar would be, also how alone they themselves would feel in such a place. They think of themselves being there, and so compare themselves to the main character, Hannigan and imagine his feelings. The Readers ability to imagine how a character feels, and feel empathy towards them is the most important factor in creating fear, if they cant do this then it is unlikely that they will be frightened at all by the story.

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  10. The story of 'Farthing House' was written quite recently. The story was written in 1992/93. The story is about a residential home. The place has quite a history through the years.

    At this point the reader does no know what the flash back is about because of the way the story started. Although most of the story is really mysterious at the beginning the story carry's on to be quite mysterious. Another example is when the lady was going to enter the house, she felt a sudden shudder ' I felt somethig else and it made me hesitate before ringing the bell.' The writer here is not exactly telling or explaining to the reader what the feeling was and how it made the lady feel.

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  11. The Case of the Stolen Bacillus by H.G.Wells and the Half Pair by Bertrum ChandlerTask Discuss and comment upon the similarities and differences between these two stories from the science fiction genre.

    There are main elements which all 'good' science fiction stories contain that fit into the science fiction genre. They are set in the future, contain a moral and there are often twists in the plots. Usually the human behaviour is determined by the era in which it was written. By both comparing the stories to the main elements and the definitions I shall be able to consider the factors of each story that provide good science fiction. I feel that to help me with the task set it is necessary to know background information about the author's and the time of their writing.

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  12. To What Extent Do The Short Stories You Have Read Reveal A 19th Century Preoccupation With The Supernatural?

    Essentially, this is a story about cynicism versus embracing the unknown, mirroring the events of the time, in which the theory of evolution had questioned the general beliefs about an omniscient, omnipresent, benevolent God. This theme relates to the preoccupation with the supernatural, as it advises for society in general to be aware of the supernatural, and not to dismiss the unknown in favour of science and knowledge. The Judge's House is about a man of science named Malcolm Malcolmson who is too sceptical to believe in the paranormal stigma surrounding the Judge's house, and rejects society in search of

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  13. Compare and Contrast the two ghost stories 'THe Red Room' by H.G Wells and 'A Little Place Off the Edgware Road' By Graham Greene.

    The Red Room is set in the Victorian era in very traditional Gothic setings. It is situated in an old, dark, gloomy castle, in which the inhabitants are described in a manner which makes them seem goulish and ghostlike. The plot revolves around the young man who is staying in the castle purely so he can dispel any beliefs that the house is haunted. 'A little place off the edgware road' although it deviates from many of the Gothic traditions, is deeply rooted in its genre.

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  14. The differences and similarities between 'The Red Room' and 'Farthing House'

    as though it's actually happening, ".....Something that had been drifting on the edges of my consciousness blurred and insubstantial, came into focus, and in a rush I remembered......" This tells the reader that 'Farthing House' is told as a flashback, and this in my opinion takes some of the excitement away from the story, as if a story is told like in 'The Red Room' (on the scene) the reader cannot assume that everything will be alright and this leaves the reader in the dark and adds excitement to the story.

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  15. English Coursework on Comparing Two Horror Short Stories : The Monkey's Paw and The Red Room

    got hit against the wall, he collapsed and ended up waking up where he met the old people when he first came to the castle. He then goes on to describe to the old people that the haunting in the room is not a ghost but fear... 'The Monkey's Paw' and 'The Red Room' are both similar because they are both horror short stories written in the nineteenth century. 'The Red Room' is a psychological horror story, which deals with fear and tension and 'The Monkey's Paw' is a factual, fairy tale horror story, which deals with mystery and death.

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  16. Discuss how the authors of ‘The Red Room’ and ‘The Farthing House’ create tension in their ghost stories. Which is the most successful story?

    The next change in how she acts is when she sees the ghost for the first time. She becomes terrified and hysterical, `I was soaked in sweat, shaking, terrified. I did not sleep again that night but sat up in the chair wrapped in the eiderdown with the lamp on.' This creates tension because it shows how frightening the experience was for her to not go to sleep again that night due to fear. The final change she goes through is the night after her visit to the graveyard and when she realizes that the ghost is not there to harm her, `I slept well that night.

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  17. The Time Machine and the Sound of Thunder are both science fiction stories. Their central plots are about Time Travel. Compare and contrast these two stories.

    Programs but still in these modern time men are still considered the stronger of the human species. H.G. Wells is considered one of the fathers of science fiction. Science fiction is still fiction but it uses possibly scientific theories to underline the story lines. Science fiction asks the question "what if?" and any thing can happen because of all the different types of new discoveries we are making all the time, this helps new and old science fiction writer with new ideas about what could happen if they wrote about this or that.

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  18. Comparison betweeen "I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang" and "The Shawshank Redemption"

    He reunites with his close friend Red, right at the end of the film, living his dream. "I am a Fugitive From the Chain Gang" is set in the 20's after the War, during the depression. It is about a man named James Allen who tries to follow his dreams of becoming a building contractor and building massive projects like damns and bridges. He tries to realise these dreams, but soon becomes a hobo. He was then involved in an armed robbery, where, at gunpoint, he was told to get the money out of the till and is convicted of armed robbery and is sent to prison.

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  19. How the Novels ‘The Chrysalids’ And ‘The Time Machine’ convey social warnings for the Human Race

    The text by Wells highlights a time of worry and despair. John Wyndham uses a very unique style of writing, he is not one of the many science fiction writers that is simply there to amuse their readers with quite 'wacky' and far out inventions. Wyndham's ideas are logical and sensible and very much a possibility for a realistic future of the human race and the World in general. The focus point in many of Wyndham's novels is his speculation of human nature and behaviour, which is quite different from the usual focus of science fiction authors.

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  20. Wide Reading Coursework – Comparing Two Short Stories ‘the Red Room’ By Hg Wells and ‘Farthing House’ By Susan Hill

    We are told straight away that this is a ghost story, 'it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me.' This make us want to read on and find out more about the ghost which is an effective approach because it immediately catches the readers attention. In 'Farthing House', rather than going straight into a conversation, it starts with a description. The first line tells us, 'I have never told you any of this before - I have never told anyone.'

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  21. Mrs Turner Cutting The Grass & The Purple Pileus Comparison - Both Stories Concentrate on How People Appear To Others. Discuss The Way Each Writer Uses Comic Elements To Achieve A Serious Effect.

    However, I believe this story only works as successfully as it does because the central character, as with The Purple Pileus, is very strongly drawn. At their surface, they conform to a certain stereotype with which the reader can instantaneously recognize, and thus hold prejudices against. But their history is very atypical and the way the author conveys this aspect to the reader, in order to manipulate our character perception, is the tincture of both stories. Carol Shields reveals Mrs Turner history to us in the middle of the story causing us to reflect on it correspondingly, whereas Wells follows Mr Coombes through a period of time, forcing us to reflect on the account he's given, at the end.

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  22. How do H.G. Wells and Susan Hill create tension in their stories ‘The Red Room’ and ‘Farthing House’?

    The arrogance of the young, sceptical narrator is emphasised in `The Red Room' to create contrasts between the withered old personnel who live within the castle and our brash raconteur. At the very opening of the gothic story H.G Wells cleverly writes: ` I can assure you,' said I, `that it would take a very tangible ghost to frighten me'. Only a few lines below a contrast is made as one of the deformed replies to his comment that `There's a many things to see when one's still eight and twenty.'

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  23. Literary traditions in the writing of short stories

    This period brought a rise in the genre for many reasons. The development of printing made the reproduction of books containing these stories more commercially viable. It made the whole process of producing books faster, more effective and perhaps even more importantly cheaper. At this point the average 'man on the street' was beginning to be able to afford this new wealth of literature being made available to him, and there was a large increase in the circulation of pamphlets, booklets and books available.

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  24. In what respects are ‘The Red Room’ by H.G.Wells and ‘Farthing House’ by Susan Hill typical ghost story genre?”

    As the story progresses, three elderly custodians enter into the story as H.G Wells uses them to create a sense of dread and darkness by their presence within the castle. H.G Wells cleverly creates an eerie and negative atmosphere, by the clever description of the elderly people. He describes the narrators first meeting; 'I heard the sound of a stick and the shambling step on the flag in the passage outside, and the door creaked on its hinges as a second old man entered, more bent, more wrinkled, more aged even than the first.'

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