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  1. Fictionalised Memoir.

    Is it then she answered no it very easy for a young man like you then I said to her yes I will help climb in her apartment to open her door. What the old lady never told me was that there was something in her house which I never new of until I climb up. Has I climb on to the roof and opened the door on the roof to jump down I saw two huge terrifying dogs barking at me fiercely but the elderly woman said to me that her dogs her harm less she specifically said her dogs are the most wonderful dogs in the world and that they would never hurt a fly.

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

    This emphasises the risk that the narrator is taking by entering the Red Room and some fear may creep into the narrator's mind. This also makes the reader think about the mystery of the room. Another of the three characters is an old woman. The narrator says 'the old women sat staring hard into the fire, her pale eyes wide open'. 'The old woman' repeatedly says 'this night of all nights'. This may imply that something will happen tonight, something evil and sinister.

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  3. Show how H.G. Wells presents the theme of loneliness and its effects upon one of the characters in the novel, 'The Invisible Man'.

    It is certain that this character in particular within the novel, is a secluded person. Within the text the theme of loneliness is very prominent. Although loneliness is a major theme within this text, there are also other fundamental themes involved. Wells presents the theme of fame, escapism, power, ambition and discovery of science that was very rare in Wells' time. 'Some days he would come down early and be continuously busy. On others he would rise late, pace his room, fretting audibly for hours together, smoke, sleep in the armchair by the fire. Communication with the world beyond the village he had none.'

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  4. Compare the two short stories

    To start comparing I am going to look at the setting of these two stories. "Farthing House" is set in a nice, cosy and modern old people's home where everybody seems to be quite contented and happy. This is completely different to the setting in "The Red Room", which is a large, old, dark and dingy castle, which is inhabited by three very strange and decrepit people. The darker gloomier setting gives a much greater air of fear and apprehension. An added appurtenance of this tale that sets it as a more frightening story is the physical descriptions and apparent fears of these elderly people.

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  5. What are the effects created by H.G.Wells in 'The Red Room' ? What techniques are used ?

    The man with the 'withered arm' can be imagined to be insane as he constantly repeats 'it's your own choosing,' to the young man. The characters do not engage in proper conversation with the young man about himself. 'It's your own choosing', 'this night of all nights' are repeated three to four times during the period in which the young man spends with these characters. They are repeated to show the characters as crazy and to add emphasis (along with 'you go alone')

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  6. '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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  7. 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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  8. Comparing 'The Red Room' with the 'Farthing House'.

    The room is decorated with red and black. The colours connote death, blood and evil. They build up the tension and cold, terrifying atmosphere. The setting is mysterious and adds to the tension created in the story. The author has used description and words to do with death, evil, ghosts, etc. to increase the tension in the story. Farthing House was written by Susan Hill in 1992/1993. The house is very old, very big and is set in the country. The house may be haunted because it is old. The house would be isolated because it is in the country where there aren't many people around.

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  9. "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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  10. To compare the signalman and The red room.

    He sees the tunnel. The writer shows that it is 'dark', 'depressing' this shows it is spooky 'forbidding air'. So this makes the atmosphere scary. The 'red room' on the other hand wastes no time grabbing your attention. He sees a distorted mirror 'queer old mirror' this gives a weird feel to the story and makes you want to read on. Like the mirror a creaking door is used to make the same effect 'the door creaked' this is classic horror. The writer creates tension-using shadows 'monstrous shadow'. H.G.Wells also mentions 'the haunted room' very early to get the attention of the reader.

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  11. H.G. Wells wrote 'The Red Room' in 1896 whilst 'Farthing House' was written by Susan Hill between 1992 -1993 - Both texts give in depth, yet totally different descriptions of each story's setting.

    "It was quiet to, there was no rattling of trolley or buzzing of bells." Each author employs various methods to keep the reader guessing about what may happen next. The feeling of uncertainty is maintained throughout 'The Red Room', which helps to develop tension. The quality of H.G Well's writing is slightly erratic, which adds to this uncertainty. One moment a sense of anxiety is built up, "A bronze group stood upon the landing...and gave me the impression of someone crouching to waylay me", and the next it changes into a feeling of security and relaxation, "I advanced, only to discover a Ganymede and Eagle glistening in the moonlight."

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  12. "The signalman" by Charles Dickens, "The Man with the twisted lip" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and "The Red Room" by H.G. Wells.

    who seeks spirits inside Lorraine Castle, with his only protection as his revolver. The inhabitants, welcomes the man in an uncomfortable manner and their warnings make him feel ill at ease "It is your own choosing". The Setting is typical of Gothic and Victorian ghost stories. Gothic novels, in the Victorian era, emphasised mystery and horror and is filled with ghost-haunted rooms, underground passages, and secret stairways. The elderly caretakers seem to be trying their utmost to scare him or put him off going into the room by informing him of all the stories and legends that there are about the room.

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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. How Does H.G. Wells Convey the Experience of Fear in the Red Room?

    He thinks of them as "...bent...wrinkled...aged" terms not normally used for people to whom respect is given. He also says that he thinks of old people as "Inhuman in senility". He thinks of them as "trying to enhance the spiritual terrors of their house". This he suspects due to the constant askance of a man who repeats many times, "It is your own choosing". This phrase as well as annoying the narrator starts to build up the fear of readers of the story.

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  16. How do WW Jacobs and HG Wells build and sustain tension in the monkey's paw and the Red Room?

    "without the night was cold and wet, but in the small parlour of Laburnam villa the blinds were drawn and the fire burned brightly" This is great example of the contrast because it is cold and wet outside, a really dingy day while inside they have got a warm fire burning and they have almost tried to shut the evil out by closing the blinds but as we know the evil does get in when they open the door. Wells creates tension using setting a lot differently in Red Room he creates the tension by using very effective adjectives to describe everything that may be scary inside the house.

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  17. The only person to have gained what he wanted from the Chinese Cultural Revolution was Mao Zedong.

    His goal was to industrialize China and surpass England in fifteen years by using China's massive population. Every member of the society was enthusiastic and committed to fulfilling Mao's dream, Gao recalls "People saying that true communism was just around the corner." (Gao, p. 7). Even with all the support Mao had his plan still failed, and put the country into an economic depression. Mao's Great Leap Forward in actuality proved to be a great leap backwards and consequently he secluded himself into retirement and let his underlings run the day to day affairs of the country.

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  18. Comparing and contrasting features of 5 short stories.

    This helps build up the twist in the story and throws the reader off guard to what happens later on. The fact that the narrator is unnamed and not of any significance to the story helps the reader have a clear picture of what is going on during the entirety of the happenings and allows the author to switch from one scene to another without any awkward interventions. It also gives an un-opinionated view on what is happening and leaves room for a sub-plot that the author wants to put across.

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  19. 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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  20. 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.

    This quote shows to me that the character may be over confident, to 'psyche himself up', so that he will not back out of the situation, as his next statement, 'eight-and-twenty years I have lived and never a ghost I have seen yet', shows us, because he seems to be trying to convince himself as much as the other characters. 'The Darkness Under The Stairs' also has suspense through the way it is written, as the third person is a lot more descriptive generally, as the quote 'his gaze cold and scornful', shows.

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  21. Outline how H.G.Wells and W.W.Jacobs builds an atmosphere of tension, fear and suspense.

    The awareness of the tension being built in 'The Red Room' is immediate, for example 'I can assure you' is the first line said by the writer himself and then he carries on by saying 'it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me.' These lines give the readers an instant thought that the story would be very thrilling and terrifying since it is related to ghosts. Therefore the tension builds within the readers. W.W.Jacobs on the other hand, builds tension gradually.

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  22. The Sniper.

    Written in a third-person limited omniscient structure "The Sniper" includes the author portraying the feelings and thoughts of the sniper himself. The author exercises three major themes throughout the short story. The author incorporates characters perceptions, personal feelings and thoughts. The author builds his story up around these themes and reveals to the reader that there is much importance in all of the characters traits. Thus proving that these themes are of much significance, Liam O'Flaherty uses complex vocabulary that capture the moment as though one could actually lying down next to the sniper.

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  23. How do the authors of these two short texts encourage us to make predictions and are these predictions valid?

    I think the location that Mrs Mallard has chosen to deal with this transition is significant. She is in her bedroom in a "comfortable roomy armchair", which would seem to indicate she felt safe their but she seems to have found a remedy of life which is her husbands death. In her solitude, we find her to be acutely aware of the "open square...tops of trees " and the "...quiver of new spring life" surrounding her , almost as if a dark cloud has been lifted from her soul and she can now live life to its fullest potential along with having a new free life.

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  24. 'A comic creation'.

    But that's another story. And Bridget does the same thing. There are a lot of things that she wants to change, and when you read the book you follow her on her way to a new better person. Whether she will turn out to be a more self-assured, nonsmoking woman who knows how to program a video at the end of the year, or not, I won't reveal here... However, after that you've looked through her "New year's resolutions"-list, you can start read about almost every single detail of her life, from the 1st of January till the 26th of December, and when I say every single detail I really mean every single detail...

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  25. Mystery stories of the Nineteenth century.

    When he is told about the history of the Judge's house it doesn't faze or deter him and he is very sceptical about the presence of the paranormal. He is a well-spoken and well-educated man, which makes the paranormal presence in the story seem stronger when he does end up believing. I feel that the fact that Malcolm Malcolmson is a stranger adds to the feel of isolation. "It was as attractive as a desert." The minor characters in Judge's House also play an important part.

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