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  1. The Time Machine - Science fiction review

    In a way it brings us into the mood and we are ready for the action to come in the next couple of chapters. In these first few chapters we feel as if we are in the room with him, "This little affair, said the Time Traveller, resting his elbows upon the table and pressing his hands together above the apparatus," He uses a lot of discreet imagery and it seems life - like, as if u can feel his presence and you are the one he is speaking to.

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  2. 'Compare how tension is created and maintained in three pre 1914 short stories.'

    In contrast 'The Superstitious Man's Story' is a story which is based upon supernatural beliefs. It is about a man named William who dies. However, people reveal that they saw this man's ghost got to church on Midsummer's Eve. The opening itself creates tension as it puts the reader into the place of the character. All three stories start of with dialogue which raises the question to us, the reader, of what has just gone on and what is going to happen next. This makes us read on. In 'The Red Room' it begins with the narrator saying: '"I can assure', said I, that it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me."'

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  3. Tension and Suspense in 'The Red Room by H.G. Wells

    Short stories usually have to start well to attract a reader's attention and keep it throughout. The best way to do this is to begin with an enticing level of tension and keep building up throughout the story. Wells uses literary techniques such as short clauses and good word choice to build up the suspense. The story is based on three old characters warning a man not to stay in the isolated red room, but him being over confident that nothing haunts the room, he goes and stays there over night. Talk about connotations of colour in the title!!!!

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  4. Explore the theme of humanity in the Time Machine noting the effects of social and / or Historical influences.

    In his childhood H.G Wells was classed as being part of the poorer community, because his mum and dad were both domestic servants. In the Victorian days domestic servants was looked down upon. He strongly disagreed with the Victorian society that he joined in political parties against them. As he aged he became part of the upper class community. From his experiences of both divisions he despised this gap between the rich and poor, and felt that this gap was increasing.

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  5. The Fig Tree

    A few hop energetically along the branches, their beady eyes searching for insects, scurrying along. As the sun continues to beat down upon the plains, a dusty haze fills the air and the birds retire from the branches and flutter back to their nests. Soon the savannah is an island; the sound of silence fills the air and the plains seem to be lifeless and still. A pride of lions lie lazily in the tall grass. Their tails only just visible above the sun bleached tips, swishing too and fro, keeping the flies at bay.

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  6. How is tension and suspense built up and maintained in at least two Gothic horror stories?

    Likewise "The Monkey's Paw" is set in a "beastly, slushy, out-of-the-way" house; this increases the tension by high lighting the isolation of the characters within. 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. The setting of the cold and wet weather is in contrast to the cosy small parlour, in which "the blinds were drawn and the fire burned brightly".

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  7. Which is the better suspense story, "The Red Room" or "The Landlady"?

    He can not see anyone and he starts to relight the candles. He also begins to feel as if there are shadows behind him. Soon the candles start to blow out very quickly and then the fireplace also is blown out. He is left in the room with no light and he can not see anything. He bangs into the furniture in the darkness and collapses. The next day, the man wakes up to find that he is downstaires and out of the haunted room.

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  8. How does the writeruse language to create suspense in The Red Room

    To make the story more mysterious none of the characters is named. The three old people are described, as though they are unhealthy and decaying so they look like ghosts in comparison to the narrator. The narrator then wants to go to the room, so he asks the elderly people if they would guide him there but they just ignore him. He sounds very authoritative and superior but also very arrogant and the old people do not answer him so he repeats the request a little louder and they just tell him where he can find the candle and say he must go alone.

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  9. The Shawshank Redemption

    The opening scene we later learn is a flashback to the night of the murders showing Andy in his car sitting outside the house where his wife and her lover are about to be murdered. The director uses light and sound to build the scene. There is singing in the background with the first credits, and then the same music comes from the radio in Andy's car. Then there are sound effects for crickets and an owl coming from outside the car.

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  10. Wider Reading

    In 20th Century writing it would have been 'I said' and 'twenty eight'. Slesar too uses words and phrases that people in Wells' time would not have recognised, such as 'comic books', 'stuff' and 'loudspeaker'. This difference is probably the most significant in marking out the stories different time periods. Another difference in style is the type of descriptive language that is used. Wells builds up suspense by describing the surroundings, 'a bronze group stood upon the landing, hidden from me by the corner of the wall. Slesar chooses to put more effort into describing his characters feelings and moods, using such phrases as 'his father rattled the paper in vexation' and 'shook hands gravely with his father', this creates a tense atmosphere.

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  11. The 'Red Room', 'The Ostler' and 'Superstitious man's story'.

    Notice he says tangible. It could mean that a ghost wouldn't scare him, as ghosts (according to others) aren't tangible. Furthermore he shows his fearlessness by describing the old people in a ghostly way and yet he himself is not showing any fear at this stage. Wells also uses clever manipulation, for he manipulates the reader into thinking that fear is not present at all, which is not the case, because that aspect of fear is around him with the old people. So by him showing such a contrast in the fearless character of the narrator, and the fearful environment or people, he makes the narrator stand out and be thought of as very gallant indeed.

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  12. Compare and contrast the techniques used by the writers to create a sense of fear and tension in 'The Black Cat', 'The Red Room', and 'The Yellow Wallpaper'.

    'The Black Cat' by Edgar Allan Poe, is about a caring, animal loving man whose alcoholic behaviour causes him to become cruel to his pets, especially his favourite, a black cat named Pluto. 'The Yellow Wallpaper' by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, is about a woman who is shut up in her bedroom by her husband because she suffers from a nervous condition. She becomes paranoid that there is a woman trapped behind the yellow wallpaper. There is a similarity between 'The Yellow Wallpaper' and 'The Red Room' because in both the narrator believes that there is a ghost or spirit of some kind but in the end they find that there is not.

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  13. How do the authors make these experiences seem strange and frightening to the reader? Stories:1. 'The red room' H.G. wells.(1896), 2. 'Confession found in a prison'. Charles Dickens.(1842), and 3. 'The Superstitious man's story'. Thomas Hardy.(1891)

    The narrator experiences dislike by the servants with their 'gaunt silences' and their 'unfriendliness' to him and one another. For example, the old woman took no notice of his arrival and remained with her eyes fixed steadily on the fire. The narrator has lots of courage when one of the servants say's to him, "your going to the room tonight". Trying to scare him saying bad things will happen. On the way to the room the narrator experiences fear when he has to walk through a passage which was chilly and dusty and a statue that unsettles him. The narrator began to think things where happening like a ghost shadow following him up the stairs.

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  14. To what extent is ' The Red Room' a typical ghost story?

    As with most castles, the castle itself would be situated alone and isolated from the modern world, in the countryside. Because of the size of the castle, the narrator has to go a long way to get to ' The Red Room'. He has to go along a passage, up a spiral staircase, through a door leading off a landing, down a corridor and then up a few steps. This journey becomes quite frightening even before he gets to the actual room. He refers to the "chilly echoing passage" where his "candle flared and made the shadows cower and quiver".

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  15. "Is it fair to say that, in the Time Machine, Wells presents a hopeless outlook for Victorian society?"

    The language is another way, the narrator especially uses long, complex words such as " expounding" and "instantaneous." The language used is unusual, and it varies greatly, for example "spasmodic" The way in which the narrator 'speaks' to the reader comes across as very professional and well structured. The Time traveller and his companions live a life of luxury, this is shown in the plans of the evening and the order in which they do things, such as have dinner, then discuss other issues in a more comfortable environment such as the smoking room. The Time Machine suggests that the time traveller has a certain class above everyone else as it takes a large amount of educational understanding to create some things as amazing as that.

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  16. How is The Time Machine representative of the late victorian era?

    This era was a time of invention and of innovation because of the industrial revolution. The Victorian era was a quite advanced time as they had a great interest in exploration and they were very interested in inventions and what they could achieve, so "The Time Machine" fits in perfectly because it is an extraordinary invention. This is why Wells' books were popular because they were the first daring science fiction books. He was a fan of Charles Darwin which obviously influenced his books especially "The Time Machine". Darwin talks about how humans evolved from apes and the theory of evolution.

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  17. Compare the ways that H G Wells and WW Jacobs create tension in the two Gothic stories, The Monkey's Paw and The Red Room.

    family receive news of their son's death, and the third is at the end of the story when the dead son is at the door and Mr White makes his third wish. As one of the tension points is at the start of the story, he grabs the reader's attention and makes the reader want to read on to the end. This is very similar to 'The Red Room', where there are also tension points in the story. 'The Red Room' also has three tension points in the story, which are when the narrator goes into the corridor and the

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  18. Compare the ways in which the authors of

    "The Star" is written by H.G. Wells and is set in 1897 and tells a story of a comet striking Neptune and narrowly missing Earth. It shows the different reactions of the different people and goes into great detail about the path of the comet. Because "The Star" is set in the nineteenth century, there is an obvious difference in the styles of writing used when compared to "A Sound of Thunder". H.G. Wells concentrates on more of the science side of science fiction and Bradbury on the fiction side.

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  19. 'The Time Machine' by H.G.Wells - review

    Wells also uses it to bring his novel to life and keep his readers interested. I think that there were no women at the dinner table because the Time Traveller thought that only men would be interested and women weren't given equal rights. H.G.Wells was influenced by Charles Darwin's 'Theory of Evolution', which talks about how humans have evolved. Not only the scientific thinking of his time, but also the political influenced Wells. H.G. Wells wrote fully conscious of two distinct agendas: social change and evolution. The social divide a huge influence on Wells. He didn't like the fact that leisured classes relied on the working class.

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  20. Select three episodes from the story (The Ostler), which help create the feeling of suspense. Explain why, in your opinion, today's reader does not find it as frightening as when it was first written.

    In my second chosen paragraph, the narrator introduces us into the fact that this man is having a nightmare about murder. "Wake up there! Murder!" The sentences are short which suggests that he is shocked; also the exclamation marks show that he is shouting. In the next paragraph the author uses a very successful way of producing tension, he uses dashes to break up he sentence so it appears that whatever is happening is happening very quickly. "He stops, and sighs again-moves one lean arm slowly, till it rests over his throat-shudders a little-...the arm leaves his throat-the hand stretches itself out..."

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  21. The time machine - review

    Many people were fascinated because of all the different inventions and changes they had to adapt to. This was because in the Victorian times not everyone felt that science was important, they were so used to the normal and natural life style. When inventors developed all the inventions it gave new ideas and also took them by storm. Readers can tell the novel, has a scientific basic due to its uses of language. We know the 'The Time Machine' was written in the Victorian times because he uses, Victorian languages and big posh unusual words. In chapter 7-7.1 the time traveller said ' we found some fruit wherewith to break our fast', break our fast stands for breakfast this is an example that shows that the book was written in the Victorian times.

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  22. Compare and Contrast The Story Of An Hour by K. Chopin and the Red Room by H.G. Wells

    The exact setting is not made clear early on in the story. When Mrs Mallard is in her room the writer describes her position in the room, 'There stood, facing the open window, a comfortable, roomy armchair. Into this she sank...' showing a sense of comfort and a chance to escape from her problems. The writer then describes what she can see out of her window, expanding our view of the setting. The description of her surroundings is very thorough, 'trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life'; this suggests that she is about to begin a new life and is a sharp contrast to the 'death of her husband.

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  23. How does the Red Ball show an unhappy relationship between parents and child? In what way is the relationship unhappy and dose the story blame someone or something for the unhappiness?

    On the other hand, Bolan's bowling skill in cricket is described as very positive term. Firstly, he is "moving along like a feather", he delivered the "red shooting ball that turned pink as it raced to the batsman", and the cricket ball "swung high into the air". His bowling movement is described that he is have freedom and happiness. Secondly, he is described that he is graceful. "His long thin body arched like a bow". The juxtaposition of these descriptions highlights the darkness and unhappiness feelings in Bolan's house against the happiness and graceful that Bolan is having when Bolan is bowling.

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  24. The Time Machine by H.G.Wells.

    "You will soon admit.." This shows he expects people to admit he is right. A major theme displayed here is knowledge; there is also a certain theme of understanding on the people listening to the time traveller's part. We also witness some use of contrast on the first page, mainly between light and dark, "The fire burnt brightly," and, "His usually pale face was flush and animated." This shows that he is quite positive about what he is saying as light is a good sign. This is quite ironic as later on in the novel we find light to be good as it is where the eloi live, and dark to be bad as it is where the morlocks spend there time.

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  25. With reference to style and content, examine how the two stories you have read are typical 19th century short stories - 'The Red room' by H.G. Wells and 'The Judges House' by bram Stoker.

    The setting for this type of story was usually a ruined Gothic castle or abbey. The Gothic novel, or Gothic romance, emphasized mystery and horror and was filled with ghost-haunted rooms, underground passages and secret stairways. You don't tend to see this type of story anymore and the popularity that they enjoyed decades ago seems to be waning. With the two stories, they have many similarities with a typical gothic mystery novel. The setting for a gothic story is normally some sort of haunted room or house.

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