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GCSE: H.G. Wells
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Compare how the writers of 'The Red Room' and 'The WholeTown's Sleeping' create a sense of fear and tension for the reader.
In `The Whole Town's Sleeping' the atmosphere is very eerie and isolated. "The little town was deep far away from everything, kept to itself by a river and a forest and a ravine." This quote represents fear as the author makes it seem that this deserted area is the perfect place for an event to take place. The title of the story reflects this idea as the thought of `The Whole Town is Sleeping' evokes a dreary and fearful emotion.
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There is little emotion shown except for one tear that trickles down her face, as on off-camera voice talks about 'life being so unpredictable'. Yimou intentionally prolongs this shot to create emphasis, instead of using explosions, punch-ups and a hostage scene as in 'Demolition Man'. The camera shots in both movies are similar, each zooming into one's face to express the character's emotions articulately. However, to show new areas, Hollywood cameras take the first person view to show what the scene looks like from the character's point of view, such as when John Spartan (the hero)
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How does H.G. Wells use language in the novel "The Time Machine" to teach us about his vision of the future?
Here is a popular scientific diagram, a weather record." When H.G. Wells was writing this novel, the thing that influenced him was his obsession of the future. And also the amount of new inventions created around that time. The people of that time were very much interested in Science-Fiction because it was new to them. They were eager to find out more about this weird and strange world that was discovered properly by the person who they thought of as "The Man Who Invented Tomorrow."
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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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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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Right through the book, the Time Traveller's attitude is that he feels superior to anyone else: his guests, the Eloi and the Morlocks. Several times he describes the Eloi as "children", both physically and in terms of intelligence. On one occasion he describes himself as ` "like a schoolmaster among children" ', despite the fact that the Eloi are teaching him their language. This is also an example of irony, as they are teaching him, not him teaching them. However, the Time Traveller's feeling of superiority fails to make him realise the ironic side of what he thinks.
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In this essay, I am going to examine the representation of supernatural in the Red Room and Farthing House.
The graveyard that is set near Farthing House creates a sense of eerieness around Farthing House. Modern day horror books do not necessarily use reality as their base. A good example of this is, 'The Vampire's Promise', by Caroline .B. Clooney. Vampires are myths so therefore we cannot confirm that they exit. The cultural contexts of the two stories are obviously very different due to the times in which they were written and the differences in the way of life between the late 1800's and the early 1900's. However, both share similarities in the representation of the supernatural and setting, for example both stories are set in a room for the purpose of supernatural behaviour stored in a fixed amount of space.
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Horror Stories - Bram Stoker, W.W Jacobs, and H.G Wells employ a number of techniques of which create the tension. Each story contains certain elements that are important for creating and sustaining tension
Due to the mother's natural bereavement at the death of her son, she then found herself forcing her husband to wish that Herbert came back to life, 'I wish my son alive again'. The story then ends in a similar fashion to the way it began, the father and mother are waiting for somebody to arrive, and this helps in giving the story an element of suspense. The final twist in the tail occurs when somebody, in the end does arrive, 'A third knock sounded through the house'.
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Analyse those features of nineteenth century mystery stories which create interest and atmosphere and those features which indicate a nineteenth century context.
Language like this is what sets the older stories from the late nineteenth century apart from the more modern stories from the beginning of the twentieth century. "The Solitary Cyclist" also has many nineteenth century elements which convey the same formal and awkward syntax. For example, "This may be some trifling intrigue" The wording and order both have a basis in nineteenth century language, as this quote may still be used in modern day writings but more often than not most of the language that is used today would be a lot less complicated and instead of an extract such as this, the minimalist styles of modern day writing would shorten the length of this quote.
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turned to follow" whilst the ghost in "The Old Nurse's Story" the little girl makes Miss Rosamond want to let her in to the house and prevent her from freezing to death: "Hester! I must go. My little girl is there; I hear her; she is coming! Hester, I must go!" From looking at the ghosts from both stories it can be seen that their motives are both very similar: they both try and entice their victims to their deaths: in "The Call", the ghost tries to drown Meg to satisfy her need for company.
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The Young Man in 'The Red Room' and Sandra in 'The Darkness Out There' are both taken on a journey of self-discovery and realisation. Examine and analyze how H.G Wells and Penelope Lively present this to the reader.
This way the reader can see each characters opinion. 'The Red Room' is written in 1st person from the young mans point of view, this gives us more detail about his opinions and tells us what he is thinking throughout the whole situation. Using this technique shows the reader how the character has changed in more detail. In 'The Darkness Out There' the story describes Mrs. Rutter as a sweet and nice old woman, but at the end of a sentence Lively adds words that give the impression that Mrs.
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The room is known as "The Red Room" and to prove these people wrong a man decides to challenge himself by spending the whole night in The Red Room. The opening paragraph of "Harry" starts of with a list of ordinary things that the character is afraid of and they are not traditionally scary things. It also has the repetition of the word "ordinary" and that makes the reader want to know "why" she is afraid of those things, Harry is also such an ordinary name.
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The castle where the Red Room was situated was old it was also full of grotesque old people. One of the old people was a man with a withered arm and there was also a woman, they were both trying to put the man off going into the Red Room because of what happened to the last person who went in the room. The last person who stayed in the room fell down the stairs after running out of it. He died of his injuries. 'I can assure you that it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me' This says to me that he wasn't scared about going into the room.
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These thoughts and feelings on the division in social classes reflected in his novel 'The Time Machine.' In the book the Time Traveller meets the two new races, the degenerate Eloi and the sub-human Morlocks. The Eloi are the descendants of the wealthy 19th century higher classed people. They have become childlike, with no difference in looks between the sexes. They have become weak and unable to fend for themselves. Their life of leisure is enjoyed but only at the cost of premature death by the Morlocks!
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Both "The Red Room" by H G Wells and "Farthing House" by Susan Hill are ghost stories. Write a comparison of their structures, characters, settings and Language
"The Red Room", the story in question was first published in 1896. The Red Room has elements of the supernatural in it. This maybe points to him be interested in both science and the supernatural. H G Wells died in 1946 at the age of 80. Susan Hill is a modern female writer. She is born in Scarborough in Yorkshire in 1942. Susan Hill has been a full-time writer since 1963 and has written over thirty titles. Since 1977 she has been a monthly columnist for the Daily Telegraph. Her work/writing explores people's darker sides.
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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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What was wrong with me? I closed my eyes to pray; when I opened them, the woman had left. I reached the room and tried to open the door. My hand was trembling; at last the key was in the lock. I opened the door and stepped inside. The door shut with a 'bang'. The echo went through the empty room. What had happened to me? Who was the woman in black? I did not believe in ghosts, but I had seen one. A ghost that was monstrous and evil! But I was inside the room now. I was safe; I smiled.
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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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H.G Wells also uses repetition to create tension. The first example of this is on the first page when he repeats "It's your own choosing". This repetition is used again as the man is leaving to go to the room. The old man is warning the man but he is saying that the decision is the man's. Another use of repetition is when the old woman repeats "this night of all nights". Although we don't know what is awful about this night we are curious to find out.
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Compare 'The Red Room' by H.G.Wells and 'Examination Day' by Henry Slesar examining how the writers create suspense in the stories. You should comment on the author's use of language in the above.
He uses the phrase 'I shall be so much the wiser'. This is an example of an inversion. There is also evidence within the story of many classic clich�s: The part where all the candles keep going out as the protagonist frantically tries to re-light them. The part where the aging people are warning the protagonist not to go 'on this nights of all nights'. There also just happens to be a full moon on the same night. This is also associated with classic horror/thriller scenes. 'Examination Day' is written in modern times and is set in the future in America.
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A typical gothic scene would have many old structured spiral staircases and dark passages. This is another way that H.G.Wells creates suspense. In the story ghosts are the main theme. Typical ghosts in gothic days might have been considered a 'white sheet floating'. The ghosts in this story are very basic no real descriptions just talk. This creates suspense, as the readers don't know what is going to happen and what is going to cause it. The Red Room is described as the haunted room.
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It is as if the ghastly illustrated old man is challenging the narrator into challenging his own fear. Another character, an old woman with pale wide eyes, then mentions something strange and uncanny, 'there's a many things to see, when one's still but eighty-and-twenty.' She swayed her head from side to side. 'A many things to see and sorrow for.' It prepares the reader of what is to follow and therefore can be expressed as a precursor. The way she uses repetition and sways her head symbolises the fact that somewhat serious could happen and something that he, the narrator, would be regret.
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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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But when she was still in a cot her family were going through financial problems so one night he left the gas on and tried to kill them but the son woke up grabbed his sister and jumped out of the 5th story window to save his sister. He is a ghost to Christine he is seen through any rose bushes Harry isn't a typical ghost story. It is set on a hot sunny day in the middle of a city.
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there from the last time she'd disobeyed her, and besides, grandma had Sky Digital, so she picked up the basket and skipped off. To get to her grandmother's, Red Duffle Coat had to cross a big park. As she opened the rusty gate she noticed a strange looking man sat on a bench staring at her. He had big yellow eyes and seemed to be covered in grey hair, but she couldn't be sure because he wore a long coat that concealed most of his body.
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