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  1. Speech – The Time Machine

    However, I think the description of the Time Machine itself was extremely vague and let the story down. It was described as a thing of ivory, quartz, nickel and brass that quite illogically carries its rider into an existing past or future. This portrays the book as more of a fantasy than a brilliant science fiction. In 'The Time Machine' the time traveller lands in the year 802,701 and finds two types of people: the Elio and the Morlocks. The book clearly expresses H.G. Wells' opinion of what the future will be like. It is clear from the novel that his vision is of men so nearly adapted to their environment that the need to struggle, with the deduction of the unfit, had practically ceased.

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  2. The Red Room

    Withering is often something that comes with age. As the story develops more, you get more and more clues that this is an evil story "The old woman sat staring into the fire, her pale eye's wide open." Pale eye's are highly uncommon; this is usually an effect of being in the dark for a long amount of time. "Ah.' She broke in ' eight and twenty years you have lived and never seen the likes of this house I reckon" so now we are informed that there is a difference to this house, "she swayed her head slowly rock side to side" swaying is almost a hypnotic movement.

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  3. The Shawshank Redemption

    Story Overview In the late 40s Andy Dufresne is a young and successful banker, content with life. Unfortunately the sky falls in when his wife and her golf pro lover are discovered riddled with bullets, barely hours after Andy learnt of her adultery. The final, crushing blow is that Andy actually drove up to the fateful house, loaded with whisky and bullets; a fact he readily admits to. Now, however, the stories related by Andy and the prosecuting DA diverge; according to the latter Andy took cold-blooded revenge, even pausing to reload his weapon.

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  4. Compare “The Red Room”By H .G. Wells and “Farthing House” By Susan Hill

    old couple's home, whereas in the "Farthing House" it had the setting for a traditional ghost story because they have a lot of elderly people living in it and had pass away before and during the war. The "Farthing House" it's almost a century old, on the other hand "The Red Room" it had also been a century old. In fact it's few year older than "Farthing House". In a traditional ghost story I would expect the weather to be: cold, raining stormy and dark.

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  5. How Does H.G Wells convey the experience of fear in ‘The Red Room’?

    We then meet the only other characters in the story. They are all old and irregular, and we are reminded of this throughout the encounter: "The old women sat staring hard into the fire, her pale eyes wide open..." The 'old' women seems to be in a daze, as if the fire is the only thing she cares for. Her 'pale' eyes, suggest she is very old and almost dead, since 'pale' colour skin has no blood flowing through it. The fire is also important, as it shows familiar light, and dispels any darkness, which later fuels the narrator's fear.

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  6. 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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  7. Stories of strange happenings and the supernatural have always been popular, particularly in short story form. What, in your opinion, makes them so fascinating?

    By the end of the nineteenth century the short story was well rounded and very popular in Europe and North America. The short story's popularity is still growing to this day, probably due to our hectic lifestyle where time is a rare luxury. It's much easier to get involved in the plot of a short story than a lengthy novel. They are also much quicker to read, so it's possible to read the whole story while on a train journey home, whereas one may not bother to continue, or even start reading a novel.

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  8. The company of Wolves

    The girl retreats into the woods, on her way to her old grandmothers house. As the girl travels along in the dark, she seems to have no fear of the forests. When she has the knife with her, she overcomes all fear and become tough and fearless. It could although be that the girl is ignorant, or even innocent, and has not been warned about what lairs in the woods. However, the girl is close to the knife throughout the journey.

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  9. Ghost stories

    I like a good ghost story to be really enthralling and I wouldn't be able to put the book down. In most ghost stories the setting has got quite a lot of influence in what happens. Typically ghost stories are set in old, large, remote buildings miles from the nearest source of help. Both these stories live up to this expectation. 'The Red Room' is set in an old castle full of 'old fashioned furniture' and candles.

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  10. How do the writers of ‘Harry’ and ‘The red room’ create suspense and tension in their stories?

    He died, but little Christine survived. Christine is found and is adopted. Some years later, Harry's ghost makes contact with Christine. Christine's 'mother' begins to feel worried when Christine talks to Harry's ghost. She is told by both her husband and Christine's doctor that children have vivid imaginations and it is normal for them to have imaginary friends. Christine's mother makes a trip to the adoption agency and find out about Christine's past. Later, she realises she is late to pick up Christine from school and is told by a teacher Christine's brother came to collect her.

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  11. Compare and Contrast “The Red Room” and “The Cask of Amontillado”(By H G Wells and Edgar Allen Poe)

    We can get the idea that Montressor is going down when he goes "down a long and winding staircase". Although they are literally going down they are also going down into Hell and down in Status for what Montressor is about to commit. The Red Room however, is not very different in the fact that, it too is set in a potentially scary place, in a castle.

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  12. “A contemporary reviewer rightly saw H.G. Wells as delivering a warning to contemporary society.”What warnings did both Wells and Bradbury deliver to their contemporaneous societies?

    It was here he gained his scientific knowledge under the teaching of T.H. Huxley. His first published work "A Tale of the Twentieth Century" appeared in the Science Schools Journal in 1887. 8 years later and in his second marriage Wells wrote "The Time Machine" the book that would launch his literary career. Ray Bradbury was born in America in 1920. He graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1938 and didn't continue with formal education. From the age of 12 Bradbury was spending up to four hours a day writing.

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  13. The red room

    Darkness is a vital part of the red room; "subterranean passage" suggests darkness and an enclosed room that I think is compared to a tomb. The descriptions "deep-toned", "chilly" and "echoing" are effective words, which sets the atmosphere and mood for what is about to occur in the red room. This leaves the reader unconscious to what is about to happen in the ghost-haunted room and in response the reader is on the edge of their seat. The ghost haunted room created the most tension, as this is where the young duke had died.

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  14. Comparison of the Red Room and the Darkness Out There

    The next story Im using is titled The Darkness Out there, this was written in our century by the writer Penelope lively who began writing prolifically in 1970, and who at first started writing children's books. The story is of a girl called Sandra and a boy called Kerry who Sandra doesn't like. They both help do the chores for an old lady, while in the background of there mind was a far out ground of woodland which the old lady tells them of a plane crashing there but never blew up, so the three of them set out to see this plane in the cold rainy dark, to see what was left there, and who may be left there.

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  15. A Comparison of two Ghost Stories.

    All events described in 'The red room' occur at night. H G Wells therefore uses plenty of words associated with darkness, "blackness", "subterranean", "shadows", darkness overhead", "moonlight". And again in 'Farthing house', the ghostly occurrences take place during nigh time, but although these stories have their similarities they also have their differences... The biggest difference between the two stories is the fact that 'the red room' was written towards the end of the 19th Century while 'Farthing house' was written in 1993. This means that the language used is obviously very contrasting between the two stories.

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  16. The Red Room

    The passage is described, by the anonymous narrator as a chilling, echoing passage.' Again as the tension is built up, he refers to the passage, as `the long, draughty subterranean passage was chilly and dusty.' The tension is once again created by the sounds on the spiral staircase `the echoes rang up and down the spiral staircase' The `subterranean' too, suggests darkness, an enclosure, a tomb, ominous and frightening. On entering the dreaded haunted room, the narrator is faced with a surprise: `for the moonlight coming in by the great window on the grand staircase picked out everything in vivid black shadow or silvery illumination.'

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  17. Examine the ways in which fear and tension are built up by the writers of 'The Red Room' and 'Examination Day'

    This is a science fiction story and the style of writing is plain and impulsive, the fear is left to be built up in the reader's imagination. 'The Red Room' is a good example of Victorian writing which aims to scare the reader. In it a young man visits a castle to find out if ghosts really exist there, as there are many rumours about it and no one is sure of the truth. The man visits the red room and finds out that the rumours are true and that there is a ghost.

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  18. Compare The Pre-1914 Short Story ‘The Red Room’ With The Modern Short Story ‘Farthing House’

    the queer old mirror...' and, '... the door creaked on its hinges...' The word 'creaked' in this line is also an example of the onomatopoeia often used in traditional horror stories to build up the atmosphere. The language used also helps to build up a mental image of the setting, 'a monstrous shadow of him crouched upon the wall.' This line conveys a strong visual image an evil, dangerous presence, lurking in the shadows and waiting to pounce, suggested by the words 'evil' and 'crouched'.

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  19. Which is scarier, The Invisible Man Or The Landlady?

    'The Invisible Man' is a full-length novel whereas 'The Landlady' is a short story. This means that Wells had plenty of time to develop his story line and characters but Dahl had to do all this, and build up tension, in the much more restricted form of the short story. In 'The Invisible Man' the story is concluded with the death of the invisible man but at the end of 'The Landlady' the reader is left to work out what happens for himself, and his imagination must supply the events that follow.

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  20. How was the Time traveller disappointed with the future and the farther future?

    They also had no books, which would have frustrated him as he had written a book on physical optics. Seeing as books are learning for the future, no books, no learning. He even thought at one point that he had built the Time Machine in vain. The Time Traveller, himself being an inventor, was saddened to find that there was no fire in the future. Without they couldn't melt metal, which was needed for inventions. 'the art of fire making had been forgotten on earth'. This book was written at the time of the industrial revolution and without fire it would not have been possible for it to have occurred.

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  21. The Superstitious Man’s Story, written in the 19th century by Thomas Hardy and Uneasy Homecoming, a more modern story, written in the 20th century by Will F. Jenkins

    On the other hand, Uneasy Homecoming offers a much more definite overview of events, and this is created by all of the events occurring over a short span of time. Where as The Superstitious Man's story is economical on words, Uneasy Homecoming is much more descriptive and I felt like I knew everything that was going on and felt more 'a part of the action'. I could incorporate Connie's feelings and could understand much more clearly what she was going through.

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  22. The fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a source of much of the chromosome theory of heredity.

    The reciprocal cross was three normal winged, white-eyed males and four vestigial winged, red-eyed females. Again the F1 generation were allowed to interbreed after phenotypes and numbers were recorded. The F1 cross was three vestigial winged, red-eyed males and four normal winged white-eyed females. The F2 generation were then counted and phenotypes recorded as done previously. The hypotheses would be tested by comparing the actual results obtained with the expected ones, if a 3:1 dominant: recessive characteristic ratio was obtained in the F2 generation implying sex-linkage had occurred. If there was an agreement between expected and actual results this would confirm a 3:1 ratio and that the hypotheses were shown to be correct and wing length and eye colour shown to be inherited through sex linkage.

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  23. The Mood of Frustration and Tension In Sinclair Ross’s “ The Lamp At Noon”

    It also shows the extreme poverty they are living in and as well the isolation Ellen lives in which sets the mood of frustration because she wants to do more with her life. As well the constant crying of the baby makes the characters angry and sets the mood of frustration. This helps the reader to understand why there is so much tension and frustration in the characters and how there became so much frustration and tension. Secondly the mood is revealed through the structure of Sinclair Ross's story.

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  24. The Red Room (H.G.Wells – 1896) and The Darkness Out There (Penelope Lively)

    The reader finds this easier to relate to. Even though there are numerous differences between the two stories, there are some similarities. In both stories, the darker side of life is expressed in: * Location * Characters * Language * Tension Penelope Lively sets this short story in an old woman's cottage, and on the track and surrounding area leading up to the cottage. This area is called "Packer's End". The writer uses just two words for impact on the reader. When the characters were younger, there was a fear of wolves and witches.

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  25. 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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