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    How does Susan Hill use Gothic techniques to create tension and horror in the chapter In the Nursery in The Woman in Black?

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    Incorporating both elements helps to achieve the ultimate aim of Gothic literature- to terrify the reader. Susan Hill evokes the fearful, sinister atmosphere using the surroundings and the weather- pathetic fallacy. This can be seen when the narrator, Arthur Kipps, states that: '...all was a uniform grey, with thick cloud lying low over the marsh and a drizzle.' Therefore, the marsh could be a metaphor for the protagonist's mind; Kipps is uncertain and confused, his mind is clouded over. This has a negative effect on the mind of the reader; knowing that Kipps is unsure makes the reader insecure.

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    "I'm the King of the Castle" - with close references to the text discuss the relevance of the novel's title.

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    However, I believe that it illustrates a natural instinct amongst humans. And, as a dominating theme of this novel is human instinct, we can see that there is a relevance to the title. The human instincts that are illustrated are, the desire to have their own home and space, where they are free to do what they like, and also to acquire territory. If you take a look at almost any history text book, you will see that wars dominate. The whole of human history is riddled with wars. Wars have become landmarks in the history of civilised human society.

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