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  1. 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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  2. Examine the ways in which HG Wells creates atmosphere in The War of the Worlds by close reference to key episodes.

    The narrator is almost 'pitched on top of the screw", as somebody "blundered" against him. The clumsy actions mentioned and the danger help create an atmosphere of anxiety and confusion amongst the crowd. The inhuman and unpleasant qualities of the Martians appearance and movement revolt the crowd. The description of the Martians adds to the sense of alarm. HG Wells suggests that the Martians are inhuman as he writes that the Martians had "one might say a face" this seems disgusting to the crowd and them realise that the man they expected to emerge from the cylinder is in-fact a "vital, intense, inhuman, crippled and monstrous" creature.

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  3. 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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  4. Tension and Suspense in War of the Worlds by H G Wells.

    Once this happens and people here the army is being sent in they feel happy that they are safe. Once the army is also destroyed there is an air of panic as everyone tries to escape. The novel describes what H G Wells believed life would be like in the next century. The novel is a long way ahead of its time in predicting space travel and or exploration, he also predicted that civilisation would make a 'heat ray', what we now call a laser. Wells also introduces fighting machines, robots. He did still believe that we would use a horse and cart.

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  5. How does H.G Wells build up tension and atmosphere in "The Red Room?"

    These characters alone paint a mysterious yet dark picture. The dialogue in this first section of the story creates tension. When the old people speak of the red room they seem afraid of it. One line is repeated, "It's your own choosing." This saying that if the young man wishes to venture into the red room then on his head be it. It is as if they are afraid of what will happen to him. When he says that he is going to go to the red room he is confronted with the question, "are you really going?"

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  6. 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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  7. "What are the differences in the size and shapes of the sphere of influence of Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge?"

    I need to answer the following: 1. What is the size and shape of the sphere of influence for Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge? 2. How does the land use vary between Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge? 3. How does pedestrian density vary in the two sites? 4. What goods are available at each site (comparison and convenience goods)? 1. I predict that the sphere of influence will be bigger for Tunbridge Wells rather than Tonbridge, as the town is far more residential and has better and more transport links.

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  8. 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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  9. Compare the way in which the author in both stories creates and atmosphere of tension in their work. The Two stories that I will compare are "The Old Nurses Story" by Elizabeth Gaskell (1852) and "The Red Room" by H.G. Wells (1896).

    The atmosphere of tension in " The Red Room" is sustained throughout the story by the author. On page 206 he creates tension by intriguing us " this night of all nights" this already gives us a certain sense of anticipation. We see the young man walking to "The Red Room" on page 208, as he does so the author describes the surroundings and the noises that he hears amidst the shadows. "The echoes ran up and down the spiral staircase" this personifies the echoes by giving it the human attribute of running this gives the effect of movement and possibility of following him.

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  10. How did Simon Ladivskie come to live at 115 Red Bank, Manchester?

    These Jews were the ancestors of those that lived in the Turkish Empire. Since thousands of years ago, the Jews have been punished because of their status and religion. When Jesus died on the cross, the people blamed all the Jews for his death. The Jews do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God. Other religions hate the Jews because they stand up to what they believe in. Ever since Jesus died the Jews have been blamed for his death repeatedly, even so much so that they have been forced out of some countries they were living in and punished.

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  11. 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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  12. In this assignment I am aiming to compare and contrast certain elements of H.G.Wells' story 'The Red Room' written in 1886 and 'The Darkness Out There' by P. Lively.

    Also both stories are of the suspense genre, they both also use the same hooking techniques e.g. not knowing the name of the main character for the main of the story letting you empathise with the character more easily. These 'hooking techniques' are used to create interest in the story and 'hook' the reader in to read to the end and find out what the story is leading up to. Another large similarity between the two short stories is the use of a strange twist in the plotline toward the end of the story.

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  13. Compare and contrast the two stories 'Farthing House' and 'The Red Room'. Which is more effective?

    This can explain the largest difference in context, but not fully. Back in the Nineteenth Century when 'Red Room' was set superstition and being supernatural was commonly known and highly believed in. Which had resulted in the people of that time being much more spectacle, and so if 'Red Room' had been narrated by a woman, it may come over to people as either different or offensive as this wasn't a role of a woman. Back in the times when 'Red Room' was set, there wouldn't have been all the technology that we have today, and so the voice of woman wouldn't have ever been heard.

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  14. Fears and Phobias

    People often classify slight irrational fears they have like a slight nervousness of heights as a phobia although it doesn't really affect your life and the fear is not as serious to class as a phobia. Some fears we have are instilled in us in childhood by what people say or do and this could affect us in later life. Or a fear we have like not being able to go in deep water could be from a past experience (when you were younger you nearly drowned).

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  15. Wide reading coursework "The LandLady" and "The Red Room".

    The Land Lady said that she liked to stuff animals. Much later Billy drinks a cup of tea. This was no ordinary cup a tea; it had some sort of poison in it. The main character in 'The Landlady' is called Billy. He is 17 years old. He is drawn into a trap, which he then can't get out of. In "The landlady" Billy arrives in Bath to take up a new job. It's about 9 o'clock in the evening. Moon light from the "clear starry" night. The air "deadly cold" and "wind like a blade of ice on his cheeks".

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  16. 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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  17. Compare and contrast the extract from H.G Wells' 'The Time Machine' with Henry Slesar's 'Examination Day' pointing out in each case the author's vision of the future.

    Henry Slesar's description, although effective is quite snappy, I think this is because he is trying to give you a vague but overall picture of the scene and also get to the point quickly. The line "In the tiny wall-kitchen, something warm and sweet was being prepared in the automatic stove" also gives an impression of homeliness and warmth. Similarly 'The Time Machine' opens up into the dining room where every one is eating a nice filling meal. This indicates cosiness or homeliness too.

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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. Judge a marketing strategy for a product or service with a clear understanding of the principles of marketing - History of Red Bull.

    Source: www.redbull.com Statistics on Red Bull * The current UK energy and sports drinks sales now exceed �750 million a year - this is showing an increase market as a whole. * Red bull is now Britain's third biggest soft drinks brand by value - this is showing that Red Bull has grown in size to a great extent. * 59% of pubs and clubs to do not yet list Red Bull - this is showing that although Red Bull are successful they have not reached every sales point possible and this is something which Burn can exploit.

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  21. The Ways in Which H G Wells Creates Atmosphere in The War of the Worlds by H G Wells

    The third extract from "The War of the Worlds" is called "Reports of the Martian Invasion". The Martian Invasion has reached the Newspapers and media now, and the headline reads: "London in Danger". The last extract is called "The Death of the Martian Invaders". This extract explains how the Martians' invasion failed. In the first extract, people crowd around large metal cylinders that have fallen to earth. The people don't know what the cylinders are, so many thoughts pop into their minds, as they watch a huge tentacle-like arm wriggle out of the cylinder.

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  22. Examining nineteenth century short stories - "A Vendetta" by Guy De Maupassant and "The Red Room" by H.G. Wells.

    Their popularity can be explained by the popularity of these themes as explained previously. To create an effective atmosphere that would stimulate the readers' or listeners' imagination, the writer would have to describe this atmosphere in an unconventional manner (by using spooky and chilling details). Examples of such details that I have found particularly effective in the story "A Vendetta" are; "The wind harasses the sea remorselessly", this sentence is effective in my opinion since it gives a vivid image of the wind actually attacking the sea tirelessly (this is achieved through the use of vocabulary such as "harassing" and "remorselessly") Also "Like torn sheets floating and drifting on the surface of the water."

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  23. The Call by Robert Westall (1989) The Red Room by H G Wells (1896) Write how each of the storytellers describes their experiences. Which do you think is the more successful ghost story?

    The Call is written in the 3rd person narrative while The Red Room is written in the 1st person. The use of the 1st person shows more attention to detail and can be more exciting if you are seeing it through the eyes of the character as it is in The Red Room. The Call is written in a no nonsense chatty style. The Call starts with a very long introduction, in which the narrator sets the scene of the Samaritans office and introduces the character of Harry Lancaster. He explains how difficult it is to find cover for the telephones on Christmas Eve night.

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  24. Gillian Clarke's

    This has the effect of making the 'red rope' memorable against the white backing. It also emphasises the neutral nature of the room as opposed to the battle of wills, love and pain that goes on there. Perhaps 'circles' suggest the shape of the birth canal through which the baby emerges. In shape they contrast with the squareness of the room. 'Wild' suggests to us that the struggle is intense and painful, almost out of control, yet paradoxically it is 'tender' at the same time.

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  25. Compare and contrast H.G. Wells 'The Red Room' and 'Farthing House'

    There is also often a lot of mystery involved - mysterious key characters, unknown noises and people etc. The Red Room is a pre-20th century story, written by H.G. Wells in 1896. It is about a room that is allegedly haunted and the story is told by a young man who is spending the night there. He starts off extremely confidently but as the story goes on he becomes more and more frightened and the tension increases. The Red Room is about the personal experience of the young man whilst in the room, and his own fear of the dark and what might happen in it.

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