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  1. What were the implications of the title of the story, what is unexpected to the reader, to each of the characters.

    The reason why this comes unexpected is because the first paragraph creates a cover for the rest of the page. The first paragraph has Randall and Dorothea getting on very well and kissing, they are happy. This news is the opposite to the first paragraph though because it is very sad news. Another thing which made the illness feel unexpected is because it is in the third paragraph of the story. When you read most stories it takes 2-3 pages to get into the main plot, this story got into the main plot within a couple of paragraphs, you just are not ready for this action.

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  2. Comparing the blue bouquet with flowers.

    " To take a walk its too hot, and no street lights around here. Back soon I picked these quotes to show the characters I picked these quotes to show the characters determination to get fresh air as its too hot. The characters mood in the beginning of the story is that he's too hot and wants some fresh air so he goes for a walk. "Careful not to step on some scorpion leaving his hideout for a bit a fresh air". "It's too hot" These examples shows his mood in various ways that he's hot and wants some fresh air.

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  3. How does H.G Wells convey the experience of fear in the 'Red Room'? Comment particularly on the writers techniques.

    When the second man enters, he is even 'more bent, more wrinkled' and 'more aged' than the first man. He has 'decaying yellow teeth' and supports himself with a crutch. This gives the impression that all three people are rotting away in a rancid house. The sounds of the house, for example, the creaking doors, 'echoing' passages, 'pallid' silences on the landing and 'the sound of a stick' on the flags are all noises, which we culturally relate to as supernatural. When the old woman says ominously, 'This night of all nights', it adds to the air of menace and suspense already created by the 'uncomfortable...

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  4. A Detailed Discussion, Comparison and Analysis of 'The Red Room' and 'The Monkeys Paw' Concentrating on How Each Author Builds Tension and Suspense.

    This immediately sets the scene for the beginning of a ghost story. The fact that the people are old shows that the fear of the room has gone on for generations. However, when the character starts talking to the people the tension gathers as the man with the withered arm repeatedly says to the character, "It is your own choosing". While he is saying that, the old woman repeatedly speaks of a warning, "This night of all nights". Both of these make the reader very tense and suspicious of what happened in this red room and what happened on this night.

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  5. In 1894 H. G. Wells published 'The Time Machine.'

    The difference between the two is that Darwinism is the theory of the evolution of species by natural selection. The species keep getting better and better. Degeneration is the process of being the species deteriorating, declining in evolution after the species reaches its peak. As the story is set in 802,701 the likely-hood that man-kind would have reached its peak is very possible and so it would have started declining making the species weaker. Darwin's theory also involves 'survival of the fittest' saying that much like selective breeding the best will chose the best to make it better "by selective breeding a new and better peach" (pg.

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  6. How characteristic are 'The Red Room' and 'The Judge's House' of nineteenth century ghost stories?

    This allows a wider range of people to read the story and associate with the characters. The fourth criterion is an ancient prophecy or a history of disturbances surrounding the place where the story is set. The fifth element is light. Ghost stories make use of shadows, darkness, night-time, and the diffusive light of a candle to help develop tension and suspense. The final element is imagery used by authors. The images created tend to be appealing to the five human senses of touch, sight, taste, smell and hearing. I will compare 'The Red Room' and 'The Judge's House' based on these factors.

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  7. Describing the setting and atmosphere of three shortstories 'the man with the twisted lip', 'the signal man' and 'the red room'.

    At the time when "the red room" was written, writers were very interested in writing gothic stories which usually consists of ghosts, curses, hidden rooms, and witch craft, whilst the usual locations were castle, monasteries and cemeteries. H.G Wells does not tell you exactly when the story took place but uses some gothic elements to give you a little clue as to when. Well known gothic elements are places or people such as, normally Lorraine castle, grotesque characters, haunted rooms, ghosts, witches, superstition, previous deaths and curses.

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  8. H.G Wells uses the setting of the short story 'The Red Room' to create tension.

    In Farthing House a woman (Ms. Flowers) is writing a letter to her pregnant daughter about her trip to meet her Aunt Addy in a residential home, and what happens there. However Red Room more traditionally, is set in a castle with a young man narrating, staying in what is supposedly a haunted room One reason the stories differ in how they create tension, is the cultural aspects of the time they were written. Nowadays readers have televisions, radios, many more books, computers, internet, cinemas and many other things to keep them happy so a story has to offer them something different, to keep them actively interested in the book, whereas in H.G Wells time (1890s)

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  9. Comparing the red room and the farthing house.

    In the old house there are passages and spiral staircases, which was common in gothic horror stories. "The long, draughty subterranean passage was chilly and dusty." Farthing house is written in the twentieth century and is written in first person. It is a twentieth century ghost story. Things that make it a twentieth century ghost story are the old people, the house in the middle of nowhere and a haunted room. It is set in a house in the middle of nowhere. This setting is quite typical of twentieth century ghost story. A house in the middle of nowhere is spooky because "no one can hear you scream."

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  10. 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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  11. The first prose poem I have chosen to deconstruct is H.G Wells', 'treasure in the forest'.

    Therefore, without us even reading the poem, we expect surprise, danger and fear. The first paragraph is all about setting the scene. The first sentence,' the canoe was now approaching the land', suggests that the writing is in the present and it also draws the reader into the story. The narrative is in the 3rd person and the narrator is detached as we find out as the story progresses. The narrator does not bias the characters or make you think certain ways about them, as we can make our own mind up through the characters actions.

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  12. The Time Machine.

    His arrogance also allows him to get the better of him. The Time Traveller however is not responsible, organised or always correct; he is in fact unorganised, forgetful and presumes things automatically. While the Time Traveller has his faults he is an extremely intelligent person. The fact that he could invent, and build a working time machine, proves his intelligence. '"This little affair," said the Time Traveller..."Is only a model. It is my plan for a machine to travel through time.'" The character the Time Traveller is most definitely presumptuous. We know this because in many scenarios he is too quick to jump to conclusions. He doesn't think before he acts.

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  13. "H.G Wells successfully brings a sense of fear and danger through his writing techniques."

    Wells objects to the arrogance of his fellow men, "Yet so vain is man, and so blinded by his vanity." It is also expressed that their frightening lack of preparation in their supposedly secure environment will lead to their downfall. "It seemed so safe and tranquil" indicates the calm before the impending storm. Wells portrays the planet of Mars as rapidly deteriorating and thus unable to sustain life for much longer, "it is not only more distant from life's beginning but nearer it's end."

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  14. How does H. G. Wells convey fear in 'The Red Room'?

    Further warnings are given to the narrator that there are 'many thing to see and sorrow for'. Wells clearly tries to put fear into the strong-minded character, by giving a ghostly description of the second housekeeper. Although there are warnings as a way of reducing the narrator's confidence, however, the narrator is not put off. The word 'sorrow' for me suggests, although he is a macho, he will regret not taking their advice on board. To add further emphasis, the writer uses repetition to startle the narrator. 'It's your own choosing', said the man with the withered arm. Wells mounts up the growing atmosphere of unease, slowly creeping into the narrator. 'It's my own choosing', he says.

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  15. 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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  16. Descriptive Writing - The Dentist.

    I walk in and add my name to the list on the sign in sheet. Harriet, the grey haired women behind the white frosted glass widow, sees me and lets me know the doctor will be ready in a minute. While I wait for the dental nurse in her crisp white uniform and sharp square spectacles to call out my name I look round and think what a coward I am as I see children with joyful, bubbly, faces looking at me.

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  17. In the novel The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, there are numerous adventures that the main character, the Time Traveler, experiences in his quest for knowledge.

    He believes that there is a fourth dimension running next to all the other three. This fourth dimension is the dimension of time. He believes that if one understands this dimension then one will be able to travel in it just like everyone travels in the rest of the three. That is the main principle for the idea of time travel and "there is no difference between Time and any of the three dimensions of space except that our consciousness moves along with it"(Wells 3). He is also very interested in the idea of time travel and long ago he had "a vague inkling of a machine"(Wells 6).

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  18. I am now going to compare and contrast two ghost stories. 'The Red Room', a 19th century ghost story by H.G.Wells and 'Farthing House', a 20th century ghost story by Susan Hill.

    All of these descriptions would make the characters seem small compared to the sprits in the house. As the story matures, the horrible history of the house would unfold, making the protagonist feel minor compared to the magnitude of the house. I am now going to compare and contrast two ghost stories. 'The Red Room', a 19th century ghost story by H.G.Wells and 'Farthing House', a 20th century ghost story by Susan Hill. The narration of a successful ghost story is extremely important as it creates most of the tension in the story. A narration in the first-person is more effective than if the narration is in the second person.

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  19. 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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  20. Explore the settings the writers have chosen for their stories Analyse how the settings contribute to the atmosphere of each story.

    The setting in "The Red Room" is of a castle. We are not told where the castle actually is but we are given in quite a bit of detail different areas of the castle itself especially the Red Room. In "The Signalman" it is made to sound very desolate and barren as the reader is told almost nothing about where the story is set, apart from the railway track and cutting it runs through. You are made to feel very uncertain about this story as you read.

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  21. ‘War of the Worlds’ by H. G. Wells.

    But back in 1898 it was scary for them. So people didn't like things that were new and didn't like change, so they always treated it with caution and tried to ignore it, or get rid of it which is probably why they banned the book when it first came out. The idea of heat rays was a totally new phenomenon because nobody had even created lasers. So the idea that he predicted that that sort of thing would be invented was amazing seeing as it was about 100 years after he predicted it that it was actually invented shows he had a really good imagination.

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  22. In "The Red Room" by H.G.Wells, how does the author build the tension and anxieties surrounding the experience of staying in the room?

    This creates confusion and builds up the mysterious atmosphere. Tension and anxiety develops from uncertainties. Darkness is a main factor in this short story; Wells uses darkness because it creates fear. That fear of the unknown leaves the narrator vulnerable. The three characters are old which indicates that they have experienced a lot in life. Repetition is used to give the narrator warning. The old woman says "It's your own choosing" and "This night of all nights?" as if she is trying to say that there is something in that room that will harm you, this haunts the narrator as well as the reader.

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  23. 'The Age of Innocence' Edith Wharton. How successful, in your opinion, is the novelist in:· Setting the scene· Establishing the mood· Introducing key characters· Inviting the reader to read on?

    Wharton also contrasts the old people to the "new people, whom New York was beginning to dread and yet be drawn to". The opera audience, within the passage, receives recognition '...the daily press had already learned to describe as "an exceptionally brilliant audience"...' In setting the scene, Wharton creates a character for New York. New York aspires to European capitals and its culture: '...a new Opera House which should compete in costliness and splendor with those of the great European capitals' Wharton describes clothing and interior decoration in great detail.

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  24. "The last spin" by Evan hunter is a short story about two rival gang members. The members of their gangs tell them, that they have to play "Russian roulette" in which one of them will die.

    The setting of the basement is very important is very important to the plot because the darkness of the cold, wet basement builds up tension and accentuates he interactions between the characters and gives them a chance to interact and become friends. The basement crates a feeling of death by incorporating the likeness of the basement to a grave being cold, dark and damp. The basement also symbolises them being closer to hell, which also builds tension. The setting of the basement intensifies the interaction between them, as the reader knows someone is going to be killed which creates suspense for the reader.

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  25. Compare the ways in which the settings of A Hero and Red Room create the mood and atmosphere of their story.

    As soon as Swami realises that the matter was 'beyond his control' the mood becomes tense as Swami realises he has no control of his fate. Swami is so worried about the prospect of having to sleep alone that he tries to persuade his father by telling him that he will sleep alone 'next month'; 'Swami pleaded' with his father to let him sleep in the passage. In contrast the passage has a mood of security and warmth provided by the love of his 'grandmother'.

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