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GCSE: H.G. Wells
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The two short stories,” The Red Room,” and,”The Phantom coach,” create an atmosphere and suspense. Compare and contrast the ways in which both these stories establish tension and suspense
G. Wells, the author of "The Red Room," was born on September the twenty-first, 1866, in Bromley Kent. When H. G. Wells was sixteen he won a scholarship to, "The Normal School of Science," but his rising interest in journalism and politics led him to fail his exams. Wells then began to write books, gaining literacy recognition from his novello, "The Time Machine," in 1895. Wells also became involved with the "Fabien Society," from 1902-1906. During Wells' career he had a total of eighty books, writing novels right up to his death in 1946, his final novel being, "Mind at the End of its Tether."
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How the Novels ‘The Chrysalids’ And ‘The Time Machine’ convey social warnings for the Human Race
The text by Wells highlights a time of worry and despair. John Wyndham uses a very unique style of writing, he is not one of the many science fiction writers that is simply there to amuse their readers with quite 'wacky' and far out inventions. Wyndham's ideas are logical and sensible and very much a possibility for a realistic future of the human race and the World in general. The focus point in many of Wyndham's novels is his speculation of human nature and behaviour, which is quite different from the usual focus of science fiction authors.
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Both ‘The Red Room’ and ‘The Darkness Out There’ have unexpected endings. Compare the way tension is built up in both stories so that the reader is surprised by how they end.
Overall however, both are effective titles. Another focal point of the building of tension and suspense in these two stories is the settings in which they take place. 'The Darkness Out There', the more modern of the two stories, takes place in the country. It has two major places, these being the old woman's cottage and the wood, Packer's End, nearby. These two settings are key ingredients in the tension of the story. The old lady's cottage contributes to the stereotypical demeanour of the old woman, which will be covered later in this essay.
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Wide Reading Coursework – Comparing Two Short Stories ‘the Red Room’ By Hg Wells and ‘Farthing House’ By Susan Hill
We are told straight away that this is a ghost story, 'it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me.' This make us want to read on and find out more about the ghost which is an effective approach because it immediately catches the readers attention. In 'Farthing House', rather than going straight into a conversation, it starts with a description. The first line tells us, 'I have never told you any of this before - I have never told anyone.'
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Compare and Contrast the Writers use of Science Fiction in The Sound of Thunder and The Man Who Could Work Miracles.
Ray Bradbury uses the character of Eckels; he is foolish, irresponsible and selfish; his character shows the stereotypical bad traits of human beings thus conveying the moral feel of the story (it could be you). Travis, in contrast to eckels is knowledgeable in the science behind the time machine and therefore is more responsible and acts as a forbearer of warning to which eckels pays no heed. The contrast of these two characters works as a good vs. evil theme; such is present throughout science fiction; in true science fiction style the story ends with the triumph of good over evil - Travis shooting Eckels for the damage he is responsible for.
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He is showing that he has a complete lack of belief in ghosts. In the room with the narrator is a man with a withered arm. We are not told of his name, he is only known as 'the man with the withered arm.'
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"It's your own choosing, said the man with the withered arm once more." (page 3, paragraph 5) These quotations from the red room show that the custodians have body abnormalities and that they repeat them selves.* Susan Hill sets a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Farthing house has a pleasant smell of furniture polish and home baking. It is also warm and well lighted. "There was a pleasant smell of furniture polish." This quotation is an example of a welcoming atmosphere. Janet pearson, who is the matron at farthing house, greeted Mrs Flower (the narrator) with warmth and open arms.
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Discuss how each of the authors create tension in the stories ‘The Red Room’ and, ‘Farthing House. Which do you think is the more successful ghost story?
An alternative to this would be the unexplained like ghosts and poltergeists which features in both stories. The setting of any story, but particularly horror, is an extremely important factor and plays a vital role in the overall tension of the story. H.G Wells does well to set up an eerie atmosphere within the opening setting. In a room inside the castle with furniture described as 'deep-toned' and 'old fashioned' and a mirror described as 'queer' in addition to the custodians only referred to as 'the one with the withered arm, the old woman and the man with the shade
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Discuss the Influence of Gothic Fiction upon pre 20th century and 20th century texts and say how Gothic features are used.
In this essay I will be discussing and comparing the gothic features obvious in Susan Hill's I'm the King of the Castle, H.G.Wells' The Red Room and Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. These three works have all been influenced by gothic fiction in different ways with varying levels of subtlety and effect. The Red Room is a short story written by H.G.Wells in 1896. It is a very traditional form of gothic fiction with the characteristic gothic elements such as the winding staircases and secret passages.
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"Tonight of all nights" he said. The old man decided to show him to the red room, but he wasn't going to go with him. "There's a candle on the slab outside the door, you go along the passage for a bit, until you come to a door, and through that is a spiral staircase, and half-way up that is a landing and another door covered with baize". The man had a plan the plan was that when he got inside the Red Room he would light the room so that he could see what was happening.
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This formula creates a unique style which is still used today, particularly in film. The Red Room follows this style of writing, with its dim surroundings and candle-lit rooms. The introduction to this well written story does not allow the reader to know who the main character is talking to, nor does it let the reader know why, or where this conversation is taking place. However, what the introduction does let you know that the story involves ghosts and other, grotesque characters who appear less than "normal". "It is your own choosing", said the man with the withered arm, and glanced at me askance".
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As I have read these two stories I had noticed they had a ghostly feel towards them. In the darkness out there is a place called packers end, this place has a lot of stories toward it and creates a lot of superstition with the locals. While on the other hand the red room is filled with mystery and sum horror as the area is supposed to be haunted. As the story goes on the main characters of these two stories change personality wise due to the major experienced they faced in the story so much happened that there whole outlook on there life had changed dramatically.
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In both stories the writers have chosen to create a strange eerie quality with an older generation of characters in the stories. In the 'red room' there are three older people who seem to live in a haunted building; two of them are misshapen and deformed. In the 'Darkness out there' a cottage loaf woman is the initial appearance of the woman in the doorway. In almost every single horror book, stories or films etc. first impressions are deadly and are important factors, especially in these two stories.
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Discuss the ways in which Wells and Dickens create mystery and suspense in The Red Room and The Signalman
In 'The Signalman' the colour red is used to describe the light that the signal man sees the ghost standing by: "Standing by the red light near the tunnel" Again this colour presents a warning or danger of some kind and makes you wonder why the ghost is there and why is it by the red light. It may be to warn the signalman of danger lying ahead. In a mysterious story the colour red keeps the reader wondering why the author used the colour red and why it is red.
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Mrs Turner Cutting The Grass & The Purple Pileus Comparison - Both Stories Concentrate on How People Appear To Others. Discuss The Way Each Writer Uses Comic Elements To Achieve A Serious Effect.
However, I believe this story only works as successfully as it does because the central character, as with The Purple Pileus, is very strongly drawn. At their surface, they conform to a certain stereotype with which the reader can instantaneously recognize, and thus hold prejudices against. But their history is very atypical and the way the author conveys this aspect to the reader, in order to manipulate our character perception, is the tincture of both stories. Carol Shields reveals Mrs Turner history to us in the middle of the story causing us to reflect on it correspondingly, whereas Wells follows Mr Coombes through a period of time, forcing us to reflect on the account he's given, at the end.
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How do H.G. Wells and Susan Hill create tension in their stories ‘The Red Room’ and ‘Farthing House’?
The arrogance of the young, sceptical narrator is emphasised in `The Red Room' to create contrasts between the withered old personnel who live within the castle and our brash raconteur. At the very opening of the gothic story H.G Wells cleverly writes: ` I can assure you,' said I, `that it would take a very tangible ghost to frighten me'. Only a few lines below a contrast is made as one of the deformed replies to his comment that `There's a many things to see when one's still eight and twenty.'
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Compare and contrast the two Victorian horror stories “The Red Room” by H. G Wells (1896) And “The Judge ‘s House” by Bram Stoker. (1891) Which seems to be the most effective example of the genre and why?
Then the judge comes back from the dead, through a painting of him and hangs poor Malcomson. "The Red Room" is different in the fact that the main character never dies, and that he never sees the ghost. The plot is that a young man comes to a castle to prove to the residents that there is no ghost in a most feared room: the red room. When the man is in the red room candles blow out and things get out of control. Then the man finds himself at the bottom of the stairs from the red room with the residents looking after him.
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Discuss the ways in which the two writers create heroes and villains. How do the Authors manipulate our responses?
Wells and Bradbury had relatively different backgrounds. Bradbury had no actual scientific influences in his life (other than science-fiction books) so this suggests that he is a 'second-hand' science-fiction (sci-fi) writer. Wells however, was a first-hand sci-fi writer as he studied sciences at a number of schools and universities and even taught at some. When he retired from his career as a scientist, Wells began to write short stories. This was the start of his authoring career. Although most pieces of fiction have stated heroes and villains, the lead characters in 'The Murderer' and 'The Invisible Man' are ambiguous in that whether they are heroes are villains is decided upon by the reader.
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HG Wells also spends a lot of time describing the Martians in depth. He probably does this to make the whole thing more plausible. To improve the plausibility that an attack from Mars could happen, he adds in a motive for the Martians to attack Mars. He tells us that the Martians have gone on in time now, explaining the superior knowledge, but this also means that their planet is soon doomed and they will be looking for a nice new place to stay. Since the Martians are basically the same as humans in that they come from a planet similar to ours, Earth would be at the top of their Command and Conquer list.
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This period brought a rise in the genre for many reasons. The development of printing made the reproduction of books containing these stories more commercially viable. It made the whole process of producing books faster, more effective and perhaps even more importantly cheaper. At this point the average 'man on the street' was beginning to be able to afford this new wealth of literature being made available to him, and there was a large increase in the circulation of pamphlets, booklets and books available.
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The light from these sources was then projected onto a screen and light and dark bands were observed. The mathematical formula could then be used after taking certain measurements. Equipment: Light source (Ray box), Red cellophane, Double-slit slide, and Measuring rod (can be already attached to Ray box. Method: 1. Set up the ray box and place red cellophane in clip so that it is over the bulb. 2. Switch on ray box and stand approximately two meters away from the ray box, hold the slide up to your eye and look through one of the double slit patterns into the light.
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The first is to represent decay; one old man has a withered arm, and the other old man is even "more bent, more wrinkled, more aged even than the first" and has a lower lip which "hung pale and pink from his decaying yellow teeth." They mirror the important factor in creating the mood and physical environment. The other reason for their presence is to provide conflict. They rake an opposing view to the cocky self-assured young man who doesn't believe their claim that the castle is haunted, even though they have lived in the castle all their lives and he is just a visitor.
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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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Compare and contrast ‘The Red Room’ by H.G. Wells with ‘The Darkness Out There’ by Penelope Lively
At her secluded cottage she starts to unveil the secrets of the mystery in Packers End... The main characters in the story are 28-year-old man in 'The Red Room' and the teenager Sandra in 'The Darkness Out There'. Between them there are many similarities including the fact that they are both young individuals on a journey of a discovery, trying to discover the true nature of the supposed ghosts that haunt them, the fear and the darkness. They want to expose the legends of the ghosts.
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He also did not expect to get caught. He is a cool person and every one is fine and okay with him. People new that they could not play around with him cause then when they needed something from the out side he would not get it because like I said he was the one who got everything. Inciting Incident As soon as Andy walked inside Shawshank the first people who laid eyes on him were the sister they wanted him to be his female and lose his mind hood. But Andy did not and he insisted but the sisters were always there to make his life miserable.
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