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  1. In Your Opinion what is in the Red Room?

    Moreover there is the "coincidence" that both the character and the Duke both fell down the same stairs, after tying to complete a vigil trying to find out whether or not the ghost does exist, makes it look like there is a ghost that does not want to be discovered. Also the character is very sceptical about the supernatural, "It will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me" but still manages to become worried about a spirit in the room, "in a state of considerable nervous tension".

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  2. The success of "The Withered Arm" and "The Red Room" depends largely upon the author's ability to create suspense. Discuss the various forms of suspense, evident in both short stores. Effective or not?

    Hardy sets the story in the fictional village of Holmstoke, the world "stoke" means fire. This gives the readers two impressions, one of comfortable feelings and another impression which associates with bad things like hell and witchcraft. The location of Rhoda's house instantly suggests how emotionally isolated she is. Her intense jealousy of Gertrude can be noticed by the way she demands her son to spy on Gertrude's appearance. "If she's dark or fair, and if she's tall -as tall as I" by this she is trying to compare the new wife to herself.

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  3. Asimov's Science in His Science Fiction

    He allows the reader to think, "Could this be real?" because his ideas are not too far-fetched to be reality. Many scientists have expressed that Asimov's idea of "three laws safe" from one of his most famous collections of short stories, I, Robot, would be implemented into future robotic technology; as stated in a criticism by Beauchamp as he wrote on Asimov's positive views on technology. The reason for such a positive view is that Asimov is convinced, as a man of science, that as technology grows, so will our understanding of it.

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  4. Explore how the theme of social progress is presented in 'The Time Machine'. To what extent is it a novel of it's time?

    Wells was born in Bromley, Kent in 1866. He was apprenticed to a draper at the age of 14 when his fathers business failed. His mother went as a housekeeper at a stately home called Uppark, which was where Wells' love of books came from. He sometimes came and visited his mother at Uppark and when he saw that the family had gone out for the evening or the whole day, and then he would creep upstairs and explore the library.

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  5. How do H.G Wells and E. Allen-Poe create an atmosphere of fear and tension in 'The Red Room' and 'The Tell Tale Heart.

    This is also a rhetorical question, inviting the reader to read on and discover what this man is talking about when he starts to talk about madness. There is also some emotive language in the opening, especially when he starts talking about heaven and hell, and being able to hear all things within them, "I heard all things in the heaven and the earth. I heard many things in hell," this again was a talked about subject in those days, as it was used as a threat to warn people away from sin, and to introduce it in the first paragraph was a very striking move.

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  6. Thoughts from the Tao-te Ching

    Upon reaching our decision, we contemplated on where we should meet. It had to be somewhere that we could all covertly escape without alarming any of our families or neighbors. Oddly enough, everyone met at my house, one by one, we all piled in to the living room and thankfully my mom was sound asleep in the back room. As soon as everyone arrived, we made our move, deceitfully making our way through the kitchen, which was so eloquently decorated with metal sculptures of roosters and chickens, we continued on to the door.

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  7. The red room - review.

    This would make the narrator believe the lady more and that there would be more truth in what she says. If she just came up to him and said what she wanted, she would not be taken seriously and because she acted as if there was something wrong by continuously looking at the fire. But then when she finally speaks she is more believable. The old lady keeps on repeating "this nights of all nights", the narrator would get more worried, he would think what's is wrong with this night, is it more frightening this night or the narrator could think she says this to all the people who come and want to go to the Red Room.

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  8. Bradbury and Wells Both Try to Show 'Fear' in Their Story. How Do They Do This?

    All the candles blow out and we assume that he faints. Next we find out he is downstairs with bandages and he says that there wasn't anything in the room, it was simply his fear taking over him. The Whole Town's Sleeping is about a woman named Lavinia Nebbs who is thirty-seven year of age and her friend Francine who is two years younger. These two friends plan to go to the movies one evening. There was gossip going around this small, isolated village where the two friends lived about a murderer known as the 'Lonely One' who strangles women to death leaving them their tongues out.

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  9. The red room - review.

    Also it gets straight to the point. We meet the second character, the reader doesn't get told any names just that it is a man with a withered arm, this builds tension because we don't know who this man is, it sets the scene because we immediately presume that the man is old. He tells the man that 'it is his own choosing,' he doesn't want anything to do with what this man wants to do, and he makes that clear, The old man is trying to warn the young man but at the same time he is leaving the 'decision' to him.

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  10. Compare and contrast the ways in which the writers present the supernatural and mysterious in a set of 19th century short stories.

    I have recently studied four short stories in this genre: The Monkey's Paw, by W.W. Jacobs, The Red Room, by H.G. Wells, The Signalman, by Charles Dickens, and A Terribly Strange Bed, by Wilkie Collins. I then went back to thoroughly restudy The Red Room and A Terribly Strange Bed. 'A Terribly Strange Bed' and 'The Red Room' are both set in the mid 19th century which is what I believe to be a very dark era. This is because after it went dark, the only way you could see what you were doing, and what was ahead of you was the by the light of a naked flame.

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  11. Compare how authors create suspense in a variety of short stories.

    These stories bring out a lot of suspense. The stories are set in the day. The language used in "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" explains the back ground of the story in more detail, but in "The Red Room" the background is not in much detailed. The words used in the stories are quiet easy to understand. Both stories start in a mystery and somebody has to solve it. First I am going to talk about the plot of the story "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" and "The Red Room" both of these stories contain mystery.

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  12. Several stories in the collection show features of Gothic writing. Compare the ways in which suspense and mystery is built up and show how the settings contribute to the effects. Refer in detail to TWO or THREE stories from the collection.

    It grips the reader and makes them read on to find out what has happened to this woman and why she is so frightened. The mystery is built upon when the young woman says, "at least throw a little light around the dense darkness which surrounds me?" This is not meant in literal terms, the woman is asking for help to solve a mystery, which she can't understand. The reader wants to read on, as no clues have been given as to what this strange mystery could be.

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  13. Study of the Ideas of

    The anarchist is quite obviously the outsider, and given the description of "the pale man" with the "lank hair and deep grey eyes", "the haggard expression...the fitful yet keen interest". Given this information, it can be seen that he is considered by all appearances as the outsider. All attention is drawn to him; the bacteriologist is barely touched upon. Many descriptions of the anarchist, which are given show that he is clearly not the scientific worker he makes out to be, he is said to not be "accustomed with this sort of thing", this being looking down a microscopes.

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  14. Compare two short stories written before 1900. Explore how the writer's have crafted their own stories, in terms of structure and language in order to produce a growing sense of tension and intrigue.

    I will focus on how the presentation of language, setting, atmosphere achieves this. The setting of the Red Room shares many of the themes which are expressed by the Gothic/Victorian genre. For example if we look at the setting we find that Wells made use of a deserted house in which one room has particular meaning, this reflects the tendency of writers of this style to make use of rundown, dilapidated houses. The structure of the story is again based on tension being created.

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  15. Discuss how writers build tension & convey atmosphere.

    The audience is then effectively led into an early assumption that the narrator will be proved wrong, that there will be a ghost, and it will, most certainly frighten him. The setting is described in clues hidden throughout the text, therefore the picture is built up slowly for example, there is a fireplace by which they are all gathered 'As I stood up by the fire... a shambling step on the flags... door creaked...' I know as I read this story, before I was told, I imagined a large old castle with cold floors and the only source of heat being an old wood fire.

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  16. Comparison of three Victorian Short Stories, The Red Room, The Signalman and The Man With The Twisted Lip.

    He even makes it clear how ancient and old-fashioned everything in the castle is. Unlike Dickens and Conan Doyle, Wells does not wish the story to be closely linked with the period in which he wrote it, this was so that he could explore the ageless nature of fear itself. The story is atavistic in a way because he is relating and including the ideas that are contained in gothic fiction, which makes the story more effective. Gothic fiction attempts to terrify the reader and it always involves the supernatural.

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  17. Discuss the techniques, which affect the management of tension in "The Red Room" and "Farthing House".

    I will look at their use of repetition, imagery, characterisation and several other aspects of their stories. The title of the red room immediately produces tension as the reader is left with unanswered questions straight away as to what is the red room? And why is it red? . It is also a scary title as red is the colour of blood, and so changing the name of the story to the bloody room. I believe that such a title evokes curiosity in a reader and makes them want to read more so as to answer these questions.

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  18. I Shall Paint my Nails Red, by Carole Satyamurti - review.

    She writes, how her "daughter will say ugh" as if in disgrace and her "lover will be surprised." She is in a shell that needs to be broken, because her family and friends are restricting her from being herself. Although she writes as if she is very bold, every line is just an excuse and a reason, why she can paint her nails, as if she is trying to convince someone why she should. This is wrong, because if she wants to paint her nails, she should be able to, without having reasons and explanations for why.

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  19. This Is theYear…

    The year was 1918, and the Red Sox had just won their fifth world championship at that time. A sports columnist for the New York Times wrote that they were the greatest team in baseball, and would go on to win championships for years to come. Fast forward 2 years to 1920. The owner of the Red Sox agrees to sell his best player, Babe Ruth, to the Yankees to finance his Broadway production of No No Nanette. Since that time, the Red Sox have not won a single World Series Championship. Even though the Red Sox haven't had a lack of talent, far from it.

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  20. How does H.G Wells convey the experience of fear in the Red Room?

    "I stood up before the fire with my glass in my hand." The narrator's confidence and positive attitude can over come him, as he begins to sound a little too over confident. " I half suspected the old people were trying to enhance the spiritual terrors of their house." The narrator then becomes slightly impatient and is less concerned what the housekeepers have to say about his decision. He feels that the old people are trying to persuade him into changing his mind. Therefore he acts very firm with them. The housekeeper constantly repeats himself.

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  21. Passage from "The Bloody Chamber" by Angela Carter: From "He was rich as Croesus" pg. 10 to "The next day, we were married" pg.11.

    These echo the relationship and wills of the couple. In this passage, the title of the fairy tale doesn't hint much, yet, but it will later on. The only thing it may refer to is blood. The passage is divided into four main parts. The first part is at the opera, from "He was as rich as Croesus" to "And his wedding gift". The second, where the author describes the antecedents of the choker of rubies; the third part when they are at their room, probably after the opera.

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  22. Examining the way in which H G Wells has conveyed the element of fear in The Red Room.

    This old fashioned phrase is repeated three times throughout the story for emphasis, clearly indicating that the old man is not pressuring the narrator into anything. Even at such an early stage, we become curious concerning the writer's artful style of writing, knowing little about the man with the withered arm and his possible involvement in the events yet to follow. The man with the withered arm is therefor, at this stage the subject of Well's' successful build up of dramatic suspense and fear.

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  23. In "The Time Machine" how is the reader led towards the truth about the morlocks? What is the significance of the morlocks in this novel?

    On the first evening that the time traveller invites his friends around for dinner, he shows them all an instrument that he says he will send forward in time. He makes sure that all of his guests see that he is not playing a trick on them and the instrument disappears with no logical explanation to any of the visitors. Some of them are sceptical and refuse to believe it is real. The Time Traveller offers to show them the time machine he is building to prove he is not a fake and they follow him into his laboratory.

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  24. Discuss how the author holds the audiences attention 'The Ostler' written by Wilkie Collins, 'The Old Nurse's Story' written by Elizabeth Gaskell and 'The Red Room' written by H.G.Wells.

    'The Red Room' begins when a man is determined to go to the Red Room that the old people had told him not to because of the deaths and how they feared it. The young man, despite the warnings, went into the room. He has to keep lighting the candles in the room because they keep going out constantly. In the end he manages to knock himself unconscious. When he awakes the next day, he is told that it is his own fears that have knocked him out.

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  25. Compare and contrast the character and lifestyle of the Eloi and the Morlocks and suggest what comments Wells may be making of his own society.

    The Eloi were rather like humans. The Time Traveller compares them to elements of humans: "they were rather human- child-like and they dressed a little like humans." He also says that when "they were coming through the bushes by the white sphinx," they looked like "heads and shoulders of men running." In contrast to this, the Time Traveller's views Morlocks, coming down a hill. They are rather different to the Eloi. The Morlocks are described as "ghosts." A "solitary white, ape- like creature running quickly up the hill..."

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