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GCSE: H.G. Wells
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I am aiming to look at the differences and similarities of two writer's methods of creating tension in their stories. The two stories I am looking at are 'A Vendetta' by Guy de Maupassant and 'The Red Room' by H. G. Wells.
The shorter sentences in the story, such as 'That night she slept soundly' create tension as they make you read faster and therefore make you feel panicked. Also tension is created because although you are reading faster you are not finding out much information from each sentence. In 'A Vendetta' tension is created through the behaviour of the main character. The story says that 'she went to confession and received the sacrament', she does this just before she is going to kill someone, this creates tension because it seems strange behaviour for someone who is just about to murder someone.
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The children are horrified and realise that people's minds can be scarier than witches, wolves or ghosts. The stories were written in different centuries. The Ostler was written in the 19th century and The Darkness Out There was written in the 20th century. There are many differences between them which make this obvious. The most obvious of these differences is that an ostler is a profession that does not exist today. They worked at inns, looking after the horses of travellers who were staying the night.
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What makes a good mystery? Using three of the classical mysteries read in class as examples, explain what makes a good mystery.
This creates a sense of a vile and unnatural world lurking behind the true city. This creation of a new world is vital for a good mystery story. 'The Twitch' begins with a description of the setting, and then goes onto describe the guests that come in. The man and his daughter are described as almost cold among a warm atmosphere. This suggests a contrast to ordinary happenings, and it is this effect that makes the central characters in this story seem peculiar. The first sense of mystery and dread enter when the man's hair is described to be "White, too white..."
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Write a detailed commentary on the title sequence and opening montage of the England vs. Chile international football match
Good looks and interests were directed to England that summer when Michael Owen made his international debut. He was the youngest player since Duncan Edwards in 1955! What would the squad, England and the rest of the world think of him and would he have the same high standards like the rest of the team? If he was that good, he would be a star player for the years to come. The World Cup match was broadcast live on Sky and ITV's the Big Match brought highlights of the match to the public later that evening. The commentators in the studio were Bob Wilson, the ex-footballer and John Barnes.
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The contrast between the narrator and the old people is very striking and in describing them Wells introduces the idea if fear into the story for the first time. In the first few lines of the story we see that the narrator is a confident and strong-minded person, who is at the same time fair and, although it is difficult in this situation, he tries to be patient and polite to the others. The story is written in the first person, which helps to draw the reader close to the narrator because it gives the sense that he is speaking directly to the reader.
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and the working class labourers (The Have Not's), so what Wells did was change the two round when he wrote this book, he made the Eloi, who had previously been the mine owners and the aristocracy, he made these the people who did what the Morlocks told them, which had previously been there job. The Eloi live off a life of pleasure and are the over-landers, they are very small and fragile with a very weak character 'Their hair, which was uniformly curly came to a sharp end at the neck and cheek; there ears were singularly minute.
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Consider the effects that each writer has created and how that contributes to atmosphere and tension
The story starts with the narrator talking to an old man, with a "withered arm" There is also an elderly woman in the room who keeps "staring hard into the fire" as if she is transfixed. The third character is "more bent, more wrinkled, more aged" and appears to be more mysterious than the others. With all of the characters having deformities it gives the idea that the old people are sinister and that they are hiding something from the narrator.
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In 'The Superstitious Man's Story' the reader is struck immediately by an air of mystery, and somehow feels privy to a secret. This is a story steeped in 'hearsay'. The narrator (the seedman's father) painstakingly talks us through every minute detail 'putting away the irons and things, and preparing the table for his breakfast in the morning.' By placing so much emphasis on mundane issues the impact of the extraordinary is in stark contrast. It is almost as if the reader is lulled into a sense of security, albeit with a hidden agenda, before being jolted out of it.
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Here you'll receive both. Put your trust in the Lord. Your ass belongs to me. Welcome to Shawshank." Andy Dufresne witnesses the police brutality shown by Hadley throwing around his authority and as a 'new fish' has a break down Hadley severely beat him and that night dies waiting for medical attention in the 'infirmary'. The guards heavy handed approach was one of the main hardships in prison when Andy didn't have any favour he nearly got thrown off a building for questioning Hadley.
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Narrative poetry is much more than a series of interesting tales. Do you agree? Make reference to style, language, tone and imagery.
As a traveller we imagine the many voyages of which he has partaken have made him tired, worn out, and weary. We expect he just travels from place to place, with nothing but his horse's company. The reader is immediately questioning the Traveller's motives. The poet deliberately enclosed a very vague description of the traveller in his poem. This adds mystery, why not tell us everything? The main character of 'The Highwayman' is a mysterious and unknown character just like in 'The Listeners'.
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Outside, the buildings became more and more futuristic. The laboratory area became parkland. The Traveller stopped the machine at last, clumsily, in the middle of a severe storm. He saw a strange elfin face.... The rain stopped, and the Traveller was looking up at the face of a strange monument. The Time machine's dials read 802,701 AD. A group of diminutive, beautiful but frail people appeared, dressed in short robes. One female showed an interest in the Traveller. Their language was strange, so the Traveller got frustrated. They thought the Traveller came from the sun on a thunderbolt - hardly the perfect intellectual society he had hoped to meet.
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Explain the relationship between the Eloi and the Morlocks, and the main characters of each. What did you think of each species? Did you sympathize with either?
The Elois were described as being beautiful, peaceful, and graceful. They had their own language in which the Time Traveler described as having "a strange and very sweet and liquid tongue," (Wells, 25). The Elois only lived on fruits since other kinds of cattle or animals became extinct after they ate each other. According to the Time Traveler, the Elois were small and weak as if they were suffering from tuberculosis. Even though the Eloi seemed to be careless and fearless during the day, they were afraid of the dark in which they called "Dark Night".
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A sucessful ghost story needs atmosphere, tension and a scary plot, discuss with reference to The Red Room
The old people are described as 'Custodians' on page 44(Guardian of something) but this then leaves the question what are they guarding? This then makes you think what drove her out of the castle that quickly? This helps the atmosphere because it adds mystery to the story and starts to make it a more successful ghost story. This is also linked to the tension in the story. The candles that are situated round the castle also helps create atmosphere because it shows that it is in the night and most ghost stories are set at night and it then in turn provides an eerie atmosphere.
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In this particular passage the author tries to linger on without letting you know what will happen next. The writer situates into your mind a few unanswered questions. These make your imagination and ideas run wild. Soon you will think up an ending yourself. 'How soon could he get up and leave?' * The author does not indicate all the questions, but if you read beneath the lines you come across another question 'Who are the Shamans?' Are they a bad premonition? Why did they invite Andrew's family? * The writer cannot not designate clearly if they are a bad omen, but the author uses a technique and leaves a clue.
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He doesn't understand they are trying to warn him. They don't tell him not to go but just drop hints to him. When the old lady says "tonight of all nights" that creates tension and suspense because you don't know what has happened or is going to happen on that night. He is quite tense about going to this room on his own. He sees his candle flare and shadows cower and quiver. He stopped on his way because he saw a Ganymede and eagle (a classical statue)
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The first line "I can assure you,' said I, 'that it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me" which tells you that it is a ghost story and unlike longer stories there is no long intro and instead the writer has got straight to the point. There are four characters in the beginning which are the young man, the old and his wife and another old man. The two old men and the old woman are all afraid of going into the red room and warn the young man not to go there but curiosity overpowers the young man and he wants to go inside.
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Examine the ways in which the writers create an atmosphere of tension, mystery and suspense in the stories, The Monkeys Paw and The Red Room.
"The Monkey's Paw", is such a mysterious title. We consider to ourselves some explanation for such a mystifying title. On first reading, we would simply take it as an entity that is in the story itself. But after reading the story we realize that it is perhaps symbolic of greed, evil and temptation, which is the theme of the story. In "The Red Room", the theme instead is fear. We learn from the story that it is fear, but we miss it when we read the title. We find also that the Red Room is a very curious title, as a room can't actually be red can it?
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But the real challenge to be overcome lies within the "Out-of-the-way" villa that they have locked themselves into. The tension builds from the outset with father and son indulging in a game of chess. The game of chess acts to deepen the tension. As we are introduced to the characters, we can already see them challenging each other. This conflict of character will prove to be an important theme as the story progresses. The entrance of the sergeant (an outsider) enhances the tense atmosphere. He symbolises an outside force which will disrupt the serene household. The sergeant teases the White family's imagination with his knowledge of distant lands, "Those old temples and Fakirs and jugglers".
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The location is critical to the short story. The writer needs to give his story a carefully considered and appropriate backdrop. A short story works through its location, characters, and setting in time and language. These are the ingredients that tie it together and make the mixture complete. In this story, the location is very important. The story is set in a castle. A ghost story in a castle is not a new idea and although it is a rather unoriginal location, it is very appropriate.
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"Farthing House" is written as letter form; "writing it down and sealing it up in an envelope", letters are obviously put into envelopes and so it gives the impression of being a letter .the writing is also in past tense and in first person and this is the same as a letter or journal. The red room is written like a journal, the constant use of I shows this "I can assure you, said I" firstly this shows the story is set in the past and it is written like a journal.
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'The End of the Party' concerns two twins called Peter and Francis ' Peter the eldest by a matter of minutes'. Francis is afraid of the dark, ' I'm afraid of the dark ' . Francis is dreading a party because he knows that he will have to hide in the dark if he goes. He says 'I don't want to go! '. When Francis does have to hide in the dark he dies at his brother's touch. ' Not merely that his brother was dead ' .
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The three of them are very weird, deformed characters. One of the men is described as an old man with a withered arm, the other is described as having a bad cough and wears an eye patch. No description is given about the woman except that she is old. They represent the superstitious beliefs about 'The Red Room'. The narrator is the character that stays in the room. He is described as a young and na�ve. He represents the scientific view of the ghosts. This story has an interesting twist at the end, because the narrator decides it is not ghosts that are haunting the characters, but their own fears.
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The lifeless black misty sky gazes high above the unbiblical action of the figures below, the all seeing, Serengeti like barren wasteland dotted with precious jewels. Sparkling white, pure. I sanctimoniously scan the fidgeting figure. My attention is always aware of unwanted sirens that often plague this place but I endeavour to not let them hinder my work. Two tall objects with thick, withered skin with huge gaping cracks, which would make the Grand Canyon blush. Long, hard erect body with an umbrella of thin, multiple rods.
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Chilly...Dusty...eerie...echoes up and down spiral stairs...Darkness overhead", all are descriptive words used to manifest fear, and fear builds expectation which builds suspense. The character from "The Monkeys Paw" Sergeant-Major makes an appearance at the White Families house with out them knowing that he was going to come. This then creates tension and suspense for the reader to find out what who the person is. Before Sergeant-major Morris arrives at the house, the writer used words such as 'placidly,' soothingly,' 'hospitable,' and 'condoling' to describe the mood in the house.
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'The Red Room' is a descendant of the gothic horror stories of the late 18th and 19th century. An early example of this kind of story is "Frankenstein'. In Frankenstein, the same story is told through by three different characters. This intensifies the impact of the narrative voice. When a story is told by the person who is actually experiencing it, the reader immediately shares their feelings. In 'The Red Room' A twenty eight year old man who claims that "it will take a very tangible ghost to frighten" him is telling the story. He sees himself as an "abbreviated and broadened" man with "an impossible sturdiness", he thinks he is big and unmoved by the absurd talk of a haunted room.
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