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  1. Comparing "The Monkey's Paw" and "The Red Room" In this essay, I am going to compare "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs

    Using night is also important for increasing the suspense and catching reader's attention because most of us are afraid of the dark and especially that we can't see what could be out there hiding, so our fear starts to generate and we start asking our selves about what could happen next. The other factor about the setting of this story that creates suspense and must be taken into account is that this house is isolated and is "...out-of-the-way...". The isolation is a very important factor that completes the horror scene perfectly, because if you are isolated you can't get help if you faced danger and your loud screams will not be heard whatsoever.

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  2. How does setting and atmosphere contribute to suspense in "The Black Cat" and "The Red Room"? It is especially important in short stories to create suspense very quickly. In

    This contrasts with the opening of "The Red Room" where the tone is confident and pompous. The first line for example is "I can assure you" said I, "that it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me." Such confidence and self-assurance to start the narrative builds suspense because it seems false and superficial. The reader therefore expects evil and fear to inevitably follow such bravado. H. G. Wells creates suspense in "The Red Room" by his detailed description of the setting. He makes the protagonist seem arrogant and over-confident through his actions and dialogue.

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  3. The Time Machine.

    The description of how Weena and Eloi appear sounds as if their style has gone back in time, rather than being up to date in time, because they are wearing clothed T-shirts and shorts. The Eloi are perceived as the people who were smart, rich and were in control of everything in the past (Capitalists) but tend now to live in a fantasy world who do no work and because they do not work they do not use their brains productively they just rest, play and eat fruit during the daylight.

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  4. How do the first five chapters of War of the Worlds reflect on Wells' concerns and prepare the reader for what is to come?

    In reality, Wells was an educated man with a degree in science, his forte being biology. However the Narrator is perceived as a gentleman or member of the upper class, although he has many sympathies with the common people, similar to those of Wells. Wells saw the class structure of Victorian England as being an outdated attempt at social elitism. H.G. Wells was born into a lower class family, both of his parents being servants in a nobleman's household. Wells disagreed that birth alone should give some men power over others, and in order to escape such a system he set about educating himself by reading whatever material he could find in his masters house.

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  5. How does H.G Wells build up suspense in his story 'The Red Room' 'The Red Room' is a pre - 20th Century short story written by H.G Wells.

    This is because it starts in the middle of an argument. This technique is effective because it makes the reader want to read on. H.G Wells makes the setting a crucial part of the story. This can clearly be seen from the description of the castle and the characters. 'The door creaked on its hinges' suggests that he castle is neglected; it also gives the story some mystery. H.G Wells uses the description of the 'old people' to build tension. He uses words such as 'grotesque and inhuman' to make them sound hideous and animal like.

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  6. Choose three characters from different stories. Compare their experiences.

    the narrator is a rather arrogant young man who spends a night in Lorraine castle, in a "haunted" room. Despite the warnings of the "weirdo's" he is intent on proving to them that ghosts don't exist. But at the end he changes his opinion due to the night's events. The first comparison that you become aware of is the fact that all the characters are affected by some form of supernatural force. As in R.R. the "weirdo's" believed that ghosts, spirits etc lived in the room, but we find out it is actually his own fear that torments him.

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  7. Original Writing - The insatiable hunger ravaged Velkan from within; it burned within his soul.

    Each time the prey would be devoured, sacrificed to his cavernous maw, and then a new prey would be sought out and the hunt would begin again. He, Velkan, the name felt more strained each time he recalled it, was cursed to repeat this until the end of time or, perhaps, until his time was ended. All the time what little remained of his self-awareness was constantly slipping away. Even now, all that remained was the name and the knowledge that he was something...

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  8. Identify the different traits in genetics and determine whether they are controlled by recessive or dominant alleles

    is called recessive pairs of alleles. The phenotypic trait of tallness of stem which made its appearance in the homozygous individuals of parental generation and in the F2, as well as, in the heterozygous individuals of F1 and F2 is called the dominant trait and the alleles which phenotypically express itself in the heterozygotes as well as in the homozygotes is called a dominant allele Traits in genetics controlled by recessive and dominant alleles The interrelationship of dominant and recessive alleles has been revealed by various plants and animals as tabulated: Table summarizing various traits in genetics controlled by

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  9. The Red Room by H.G.Wells - How Does H.G.Wells build up an atmosphere of fear and show the young man is reduced from self-assurance to panic and terror?

    He is saying that it would take a very realistic ghost to frighten him. By saying this it shows us that the main character is conceited and thinks he will not be frightened easily. Wells starts to build up the atmosphere of fear also from the very start in the way in which he represents the old people when they are first introduced they are described as eerie and grotesque. The first man is always mentioned as the man with the withered arm this emphasises his arm and the character is made more disturbing he also keeps repeating the sentence "it's your own choosing" this repetition makes him seem strange or even insane.

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  10. The Red Room by HG Wells

    The story is written in pre 1896, this is when all superstitions were still believed to be true. The Gothic horror genre is a literary genre that belongs to Romanticism. Prominent features of gothic novels included terror, mystery, the supernatural, ghosts, haunted buildings, castles, trapdoors, doom, death, decay, madness, hereditary curses, and so on. This genre can be seen in the story in many places. The discusion of ghosts and death are every were in this book. Also the whole story is about a haunted room.

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  11. While the scientist is talking about the bacteria, H.G Wells makes him talk about it as if it is a human and that it is like us.

    This is shown when he says, "he would wait ready to be drunk in the horse troughs". By comparing the bacteria to humans the author is trying to enforce the point that it is smarter than the average bacteria it is as complex and technically as dangerous as a human. The scientist is an idealistic and when the anarchist paid so much interest into what he was doing he started to show off. He spoke about his new cholera which is very harmful to a man he has just met, which is indeed not a clever thing to do is.

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  12. Going to analyse H.G wells novel 'The Time Machine. I shall be focusing on chapter 12 of the play and explaining how this chapter is the climax of the narrative

    These people are frequently identified by their professions rather than their names. The room consists of a provincial mayor, a medical man, a sociologist and a journalist. All of these people have professional careers; they have recognition in society due to their professions. This instantly shows us the class division of the time, as no non-professional person is present in the gathering. Meaning that the public is given little or no importance in informing them of such a scientific breakthrough.

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  13. How does H.G. Wells create atmosphere and build up the tension in "The Red Room".In "The Red Room" H.G. Wells bases his short story on aspects of Gothic fiction

    Wells describes the characters in depth. The protagonist is overly confident and very sceptical, "it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me." This adds impact to the story as his confidence is destroyed throughout the story. Other characters include "the man with the withered arm", "the old woman" and "the man with the shade". We never learn the real names of the characters because this is what the protagonist has named them. This adds mystery to the story because we wonder, "why the man has a withered arm?"

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  14. Explain what makes a good mystery story, based on your understanding of 'The Red Room' by H.G. Wells The Red Room by H. G. Wells

    The Red Room is based upon the myths concerning a haunted room within an old derelict castle. The story is told in first person, which makes it very personal and allows the reader to feel as if he/she were there. It is about a young man who volunteers to go and stay overnight in the 'Red Room'. The room is known to be haunted and there are many myths and legends about death that are brought up during the story.

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  15. How do the authors create atmosphere and tension in "The Monkeys Paw" and "The Red Room"

    Every wish comes true but little do they know that the wish that they asked for would backfire horrifically killing there only child. The Red Room is another story that was written in the 19th century. However different to The Monkey's paw this story does not have a supernatural or inhuman power. The story is about a man that's name is not told and his quest to stay in a supposedly haunted room but unluckily for him, the room possessed a far greater force than spirits or monsters but the very thing that eats away at a mans emotions-FEAR!

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  16. How does H.G Wells create suspense in 'The Cone'?

    In a way it prevents the reader from becoming overly bias, because they can see situations from more than one persons perspective. The story starts with a description, using long sentences and scores of adjectives, 'The night was hot and overcast, the sky red, rimmed with the lingering sunset of midsummer...' This sets the scene in a serene way that leads the reader into a false sense of security, a beautiful night with two lovers talking in lowered voices. However on reading the story retrospectively the opening paragraph could be viewed differently.

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  17. This essay will be based on gothic techniques that H.G Wells used and will also explain how gothic features can be identified

    Not only does it help the reader to visualise the characters, but it also leaves an element of mystery around who the character really is. Through the imagery the reader is given they can make judgements about personalities and make assumptions about the importance of the individual. Because Wells writes in the first person the description is more effective as the reader feels that they are in the mind of the narrator and are experiencing things at the same time as the narrator.

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  18. The Red Cross The organization that had the greatest impact on my life The leading organization in helping you help some one else

    Now the red cross has aided in saving lives nationally. They generally supply blood for ill people. They also accept donations of bone marrow, tissue and different types of goods as well. When large disasters strike, they immediately come to the rescue. Voluntarily people from all over donate blood to save a life.

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  19. 'The Red Room' and 'Farthing House' are both ghost stories and fit into the Gothic mysteries

    On the other hand in Farthing house the characters are normal and described as cheerful and friendly by Susan Hill. This shows that the story has a more modern approach rather than the traditional. The people in Farthing House create a secure and friendly atmosphere. The castle has no electricity, just candlelight. It gives the story a spooky setting and spine-chilling atmosphere. The candles give a haunting feeling. Everything in the castle cannot be seen with the candlelight's. as the man starts going up the spiral staircase his imagination takes over.

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  20. Compare the ways in which the authors of

    " Twice." " Why see," said i, " how your imagination misleads you. My eyes were on the bell, and my ears were open to the bell, and if i am a living man, it did NOT ring at those times. No, nor at any other time." " The Signalman is no longer able to keep things in perspective, he has isolated himself to such an extent that he is unable to think rationally. "The Red Room",(H G Wells), also has a character that experiences isolation and this creates a feeling of awareness that he is alone against the surernatural and has no-one to help or protect him: "Steady on!"

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  21. Discuss the ways in which 'The Red Room', 'The Signalman' and 'The Inexperienced Ghost' create and sustain atmosphere and tension

    Also having a narrator helps to increase a story's credibility and it also adds emotion. In 'The Red Room' the narrator describes his time in the red room and how he tried to reasure himself that there are no such things as ghosts, even when faced with clear evidence of it. He helps the tension to climax by his increased desperation, 'I was now almost frantic with the horror of the coming darkness, and my self-possesion deserted me'. His attempts at being logical had failed and this helped the tension more than if he had believed in ghosts all the way through.

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  22. Explore the ways Wells presents the Eloi and the Morlocks in 'The Time Machine'. What do you think Wells was telling us about the time he lived in and his fears for the future?

    Also, at the time of writing 'The Time Machine' the Industrial Revolution. Wells originally became interested in science when he won a scholarship to the School of Science where he was taught biology by T.H.Huxley. Wells found Huxley an inspiring teacher and as a result developed a strong interest in evolution. Accordingly he soon heard about Darwin's theory of Evolution and Einstein's theory of Relativity, which made many scientists of the age, including Wells, start to get worried. The cause of this tension was that they were on the verge of a new century and, what many people thought to be, the Apocalypse.

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  23. Unlike "The Red Room" and "The Monkey's Paw", the setting of "The Telltale Heart" is not significant to building up suspense; however there are a few elements that do

    The drawn blinds block out dark, wet outdoors and add a dimension of protection to the setting, which is invaded by the arrival of the monkey's paw. This is similar to the old man in "The Telltale Heart" using "close fastened" shutters to stop robbers coming in to his room. The irony is that he became a victim of the man he thought was his friend. The approaching path to the house is described by Mr White as a "bog" which is indicative of the later event of the dead son returning from his grave.

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  24. Mid-night, a crazy, confused, cranky clever scientist is at work

    Rumour has it that he's making his own little monstrosity to bring hell to Ocelot. People don't know why and will never know why unless you're willing to risk your life or even a body part or organ. So tonight, the people of Ocelot have united together to stop this evilness and to stop living in fear everyday, every night of being kidnapped by this mad scientist. Why tonight you're thinking? Well my name is Russell I've been trying to kill this creepy scientist for 5 Years and so far he's been able to out smart me.

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  25. Discuss well's visions of the future H.G. Wells lived at the turn of the century

    The men have the same physic as the women as there is no need to carry out any physical work. He immediately thinks that this is communist society especially as they all live, eat and sleep together in one large building. They are all equal in every aspect of their lives. He believes that the Eloi are living off the work of others and are therefore, part of an "automatic organisation." The Eloi profiting from the success of previous generations when humans learnt to control and harness nature.

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