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  1. War of the Worlds

    However, in the 20th century people were influenced extremely easily since there was not much to disprove the theory e.g. any space explorations to discover only relentlessly miniscule amounts of bacteria was found on the interior of the planet Mars. In this meticulous opening Herbert George Well's incisive, noteworthy and overall brave decision to open the text with an exceedingly powerfully intelligent, descriptive and does well to reiterates the audiences' attention and establish a comprehensive impact on the reader. The language used in the beginning of the text, "...human affairs were being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's".

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  2. Compare The Red Room(TM) by HG wells and The Signalman(TM) by Charles Dickens examining how the writers create effective mystery stories.

    They are both set in oppressing places and involve the supernatural. The features I will be looking for are how the writers create effective mystery stories by using viewpoints and characters, structure and suspense, setting and atmosphere, and effective use of language. 'The Signalman' and 'The Red Room' are both told in first person. In 'The Signalman' the narrator asks questions to the Signalman who then answers him through his eyes. "One moonlit night; said the man, I was sitting here when I heard a voice cry." In 'The Signalman' the narrator seems to be concerned about the Signalman.

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  3. knowing and not knowing humour and iriony in H.G Wells' short stories

    It also entertains and grips the reader much more. The story is in the first person. The narrator talks as if he was there when it happened. The main character in this story is very snobbish and pompous, and because of this he talks down to the people in the castle as he believes they are beneath him. He is a a typical upper class Victorian of his age. The character is much like modern T.V or film characters like Agatha Christie's Inspector Poirot etc.

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  4. Mystery stories- Pre 1914 prose

    The gloom of the castle is suggested by the cold and poorly lit rooms of the castle. The use of candles create an ominous effect as they only light up some of the castle there fore leaving areas in the dark causing a spooky attribute. The choice of a castle was a setting considered a different time from when it was written, this explores the nature of fear itself. The setting in "The signalman" was the railway, in the 1860s this was seen as a recent invention, so for Dickens to choose this as the setting for his story was a very contemporary touch, many during that era would have been able to relate to the mystery story.

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  5. War Of The Worlds trailor

    The trailer shows the basic storyline of the film without showing the ending to make people view the film and find out what happens. Titles and Credits The trailer begins with the studio logo, in this case the studio logo is 'Paramount'.. This is a big, reliable company with many successful films previously. Soon after the first shots, 'Dreamworks' is shown. This is also known as a reliable company. They have made famous films like Shrek and are well known for making animations.

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  6. The War of the Worlds

    This led to much speculation about life on the Red Planet. This great deal of observation may of have had been the idea of H.G.Wells writing the first science fiction novel. H.G.Wells ahs many notable works which include: The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine in the Moon and The Island of Doctor Moreau. H.G.Wells had an idea of invasion and colonisation which is clearly seen in the novel, 'The War of the Worlds' as people started to believe there was life on Mars.

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  7. How is suspense and tension created in The Monkey(TM)s Paw and The Red Room

    Also further tension is built when the night is described to be "cold and wet". This is called pathetic fallacy where conditions of nature reflect the mood and tone of the story in this case making the reader uncomfortable and concerned about the dangers outside. However the setting outside contrasts to the setting of the inside here Jacobs creates a warm mood where the "fire burned brightly". This show us of the safety inside but how long can this safety be maintained? Unlike Jacobs, Wells uses characters as well as setting to build the suspense and tension. For example one of the old men is described as having "half averted lip" and "decaying yellow teeth".

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  8. The red room, the stollen bacillus and the inexperienced ghost

    of Science, in South Kensington, London. Hence becoming a member of the Labour Party and journalist. From then on at Wells started to write Socialist books in which he dealt with politics and society. Since the Victorian era, modern day society has changed a great deal. This is mainly influenced by the vast increase of competition in the media; television and cinema. The visibility given by the modern media allows us to become more explicit towards horror. This availability of knowledge and understanding makes us less likely to believe such stories of the supernatural.

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  9. HG Wells

    H.G Wells also makes the first custodian sound creepy by making him repeat the same phrase throughout his time in the story ' It's your own choosing', this would add to the atmosphere as it seems that the custodian has been possessed by something. Also, it's as if the first custodian is saying that phrase as a type of warning to the young man and by saying this it's as if the custodian is saying if you want to go up there it's your choice but it's none of my responsibility.

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  10. HG Wells Father of Science Fiction

    considered inhabitation of another planet when the Earth has become unable to support life, "the thread of life that has began here will have streamed out and caught our sister planet" So maybe the Martians are more human than we first thought, also the natural instinct for every living being is to survive. This also indicates that Wells the future isn't as bright as it could be. He often shows this within his writing such as "we cannot regard this planet as being fenced in and a secure hiding place for man" A main convention that has been used by a lot of science fiction writers is extraterrestrial life.

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  11. Do you find the first three chapters of The Time Machine and effective opening for this novella?

    He then immediately sets off on a journey into the future, which takes him to the year 802,701. There he finds an apparently peaceful, pastoral, communist future filled with happy, simple humans who call themselves the Eloi. After the time traveller feasts with his newly discovered creatures, he chooses to leave and explore. When the he returns from his journey of exploration he finds his time machine missing. He suspects the Morlocks have stolen his contraption and so Weena and himself go in search of it.

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  12. How true is the statement Guys like us are the loneliest guys in the world?(TM)

    Loneliness has made Crook's a very bitter and isolated man. He is truly not able to leave this situation because of his race. The other men at the ranch do not communicate with Crooks unless he is working because he is black. Other than when they are working, the other men ignore Crooks off all of their activities. Crooks is very isolated, and doesn't seem to want any company. He has become bitter and known to lash out at people because of the loneliness that he has. Crooks's emotions are showed to the reader when he talks to Lennie in his room about having no one to relate to and communicate with.

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  13. The Red Room - Literary Analysis Coursework

    Horror fiction often overlaps with science fiction; Wells was a master of the genre. Many or all horror fiction readers actually desire to be scared by the very books that they read, as the author Douglas Winter stated "Horror is not a genre, like the mystery, crime or western. It is not a kind of fiction, meant to be confined to the ghetto of a special shelf in libraries or bookstores. Horror is an emotion." The Red Room has the typical standpoint of a gothic story, set in an old manor house.

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    How is the convention of gothic fiction used to build tension in "The Red Room" and "Monkey's Paw"

    Also the man with the withered arm keeps repeating the same warning to him, "it's your own choosing." As this saying is said over and over, it sticks to our minds that something bad may happen to the narrator, which builds up the tension, as we would want to know what would happen to the narrator then. In the Monkey's Paw, the settings of the inside and outside of the cottage are very separate and different. Inside we know is warm and safe as the story says, "the blinds were drawn and the fire burned brightly," which gave out a positive tone to the inside.

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  15. An Ispector Calls

    The Birling's were celebrating the engagement of both Sheila and Gerald. However, once the Inspector arrives he soon has control of the whole situation making the atmosphere very tense. Mr Birling has a somewhat high status and tries using this to his advantage to intimidate the Inspector, evidently he realises this doesn't trouble him and notices he has no authority compared to the Inspector. 'A sharp ring of the front door bell' Priestley uses this technique to bring the play to a pause, whilst Mr Birling stops in his tracks to soon question who is at the door.

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  16. How H.G. Wells shows his low opinion of mankind in War of the Worlds

    This shows how the very structure of society is beginning to crumble leaving its lesser parts to run chaotically into non-existence just as that of the liquidating, collapsing corpse that society has become. He then shows how this fast and facile degradation of social structure shows mans true brutal nature, how we so easily revert to our primal "fight or flight" instincts. Martians have not even reached London and already "revolvers were fired, people stabbed" and the police, society's epitome of order and law are "breaking the heads of the people they were called out to protect" the brutality of

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  17. H.G wells and Charles dickens create tension and suspense in "the red room" "the signalman" and "confessions found in prison"

    At the end of the story he comes to a conclusion of his own about the red room. In 'The Signalman', the story of the haunting of the red light makes the signalman feel very responsible of the two deaths which occurs after seeing the ghost and listening to its warnings. The first death that happens is when the signalman sees the red light and listens to his warning. A confession found in prison is about a man stuck in prison and tells us the story of how he killed his brother's child due to jealousy.

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  18. A psychoanalytic examination of The Time Machine

    The use of anaphora in this sentence shows how panicked the Time Traveller is at this point in the novel and that he is very bewildered, he is now opposed to believe his own story. Sigmund Freud was alive from 1856-1939. He developed his own ideas about the interpretation of dreams; Freud believed that there are three parts to our "self": The id; the part of us that wants things - where all our desires live, The ego; the part that works out how to get what we want, And the superego; the part that decides whether we should get what we want.

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  19. The Crucible - Act TWO

    (p.60) According to Elizabeth, the danger in accusing her is that Abigail can claim lechery on John. John could go to the Salem Court House and say that the girls are frauds but Abigail has the upper hand because she is an official of the court now. Abigail has accused Elizabeth because she intends to take her place as John's wife after Elizabeth is hanged for witchcraft. From a dramatic point of view, why does Miller have Hale appear at the point he does on p.61? Miller has Hale appear at the point he does on p.61 because the argument between John and Elizabeth is at its height.

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  20. The Crucible - Act ONE

    * The fact that the backbone of Salem (the church) was a complete paradox. An example of theocracy. (p.16 line 16-33) * The witch-hunts enabled the people to accuse and say things to people that ordinarily they would not; long winded neighbourly grudges could be resolved easily. (p.16 lines 34 - End) What is Thomas Putnam's reason for wishing ill to the Parris family? (see p.22-23 and 31-32) Thomas Putnam's reason for wishing ill to the Parris family is that Parris is the minister of Salem, and Putnam thinks that his family name had been shamed because his brother in law was rejected for the position of minister of Salem previously.

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  21. There is tension already created by the title The Red Room. You wonder what is the red room? Also you start thinking what the red could be linked up with such as danger, fear, and blood

    H.G Wells created suspense and fear through the story in many ways. He gives them no names and refers to them only as the man and the woman. There is suspense raised through the personalities of the three people living there, with language as it is very deep toned and dark for example " Its your own choosing," by saying this it could have more than one meaning, also it is repeated three times which brings suspense and fear. It creates suspense with the description and their actions for example "the man with the withered arm".

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  22. The Red Room Examination

    Wells has also established numerous things within the opening sentence. He shows straight away that the story concerns ghosts as the man comments on a 'ghost'. This sets the tone for the reader immediately and also sparks interest. The opening line shows that the story is written in the first person. I can see this from the narrator putting 'said I' at the end of a speech. The use of first person in a ghost story means that the rest of the story shall be seen from their perspective.

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  23. What makes a good mystery story

    For each of these stories I will explain how mystery and suspense is created with the use of language, characters and setting. 'The Red Room' by H.G Wells is a great story, some of the main reasons for why this is, is because of the vocabulary and words the author has used and also the setting that the story is created in. the author uses gothic language, giving the story more suspense; he also sets the story in a haunted setting which builds up tension.

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  24. The Red Room and The Monkey's Paw(Compare and Contrast)

    He meets three old people who warn him not to enter "The Red Room" however he is so confident that no ghosts exist so they cannot persuade him from going to "The Red Room". However when he is going on the way to "The Red Room" he encounters shadows moving and hears strange and weird sounds. When he arrives in "The Red Room" he encounters stranger more terrifying moments like candles extinguishing themselves and shadows appearing and moving forwards to him as if they were humans as well as darkness surrounding the entire room.

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  25. Gothic Literature

    In "The Signalman by Charles Dickens" the railway cutting is described as being unusually deep and precipitous. It was made through a clammy stone that became oozier and wetter as I went down". The way that the cutting is so deep and precipitous, or steep, and covered with jagged stone makes it resemble something out of hell, and therefore making it a frightening setting, as you would imagine attempting to climb out in an emergency to be an unachievable task because there is no official footpath to follow.

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