• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Examine the techniques used to create tension and suspence in The Tell-Tale Heart and The Red Room

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The stories of, The Tell-Tale heart and The Red Room are both set in the 18th century where gothic mystery stories dominated in English Literature. Tension and suspence is created using narrative techniques like plot development, characterisation and the settings of the stories. Here I will examine these points. In Tell-Tale Heart, the writer has used a stereotypical setting for a horror story, night time. For seven nights the man would peek though the old mans door. 'And this I did for seven long nights -every night at midnight,' the writer makes the reader immediately know that this story is not a happy story or a funny story just by presentation that its dark and midnight. The whole story is located at the home of the old man. The old man had his shutters closed because of fear of robbers and the room was pitch black at the time, 'His room was black as pitch with the rich darkness, (for the shutters were close fastened, through fear of robbers).' This made it easier for the man to open the door because he knew that the old man would not be able to see, 'So I knew that he could not see the opening of the door.' ...read more.

Middle

The way that Edgar-Alan Poe has made the story into a first person adds to the fact that he man is mad and puts the reader into the mindset of a madman. The man even bases his intelligence on how well he committed the murder, 'Hah! Would a madman be so wise as this?' In the end, the man is portrayed as a mad person who is gaining a kick out of the murder, but as we see, the end result is his guilt. The characters in the red-room include the old people and the narrator. Throughout the story the only way the reader knows the old people is by their physical differences, like, 'the man with the withered arm,' and, 'the the man with the cough.' This makes them very distantly related to the narrator and to normal humans who puts questions into the reader's mind of their presence and why they have these disabilities. The reader does not actually know whether the old people are actually ghosts, supernatural beings or just normal humans, 'They seemed to belong to another age, and older age, and age when things spiritual were different from this of ours, less certain; an age when omens and witches were credible, and ghosts beyond denying.' ...read more.

Conclusion

This can make the reader also feel how the narrator is feeling vicariously because in the occasion the reader must follow what the reader thinks is going to happen. Repetition of the same sentence gives multiple warnings to the man that something will happen, 'Its your own choosing,' the reader knows that this only means that something bad is eventually going to happen and wants the narrator to know as well, which can build up tension in the readers mind. Little information is given about the old people, there are no explanations of why they are there or who put them there, this is the main cause of a build up of tension in the red room, as well as the concept of delaying thoughts and processes by other irrelevant actions. The main ways in which tension and suspense are created in both stories is the use of the gothic genre and traditional setting for a horror story. Both of the stories use the concept of pathetic fallacy and characters that have anomalous features. In the red room there are old people who have various disabilities and in the tell tale heart the man seems to have cataracts. The use of these things can make the reader expect something bad from the beginning. ?? ?? ?? ?? Examine the techniques used to create tension and suspence in 'The Tell-Tale Heart' and 'The Red Room' ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Miscellaneous section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Miscellaneous essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    'The Darkness out there'.

    3 star(s)

    This means we therefore know that Sandra's first impression of Kerry is based largely on appearance, which is of a scruffy little teen e.g. "His chin was explosive with acne". At first "None of our lot reckoned much of," This shows that she and many of her peers don't even class him as a man.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    Examine the techniques used by J.B. Priestley to create dramatic tension and mystery throughout ...

    3 star(s)

    On the other hand, recently at the time when the play was set, Titanic, a very famous ship was built, 'And then ships. Why, a friend of mine went over this new liner last week - the Titanic - she sails next week - forty - six thousand eight hundred

  1. Is The Nightingale and the Rose (Oscar Wilde) just a child's fairy tale or ...

    For the nightingale, love brought her joy and happiness at the beginning of the story, brought her death at the end. Wilde could be questioning whether love actually brings people happiness at all. Particularly homosexuality, because it was illegal during the 19th century, so love would bring more problems than happiness (which it did for Wilde later on in life).

  2. The Use of the Supernatural in the Three Stories: The Withered Arm, The Red ...

    Another meaning for darkness is that it not only displays a colour, but also a feeling and an atmosphere. An example of colour setting a mood in this way in 'The Withered Arm', is when Rhoda takes Gertrude to visit Conjuror Trendle, something bad is happening and the two are

  1. Sins of the Past

    The smile disappeared from Lucy's face as he pulled her ankle and Lucy was sent tumbling onto her back. "Am I so na�ve now?" Watson asked. Lucy groaned and got back to her feet. She ran at Watson throwing punches and kicks at him, but he deflected every single one.

  2. Discuss How Shakespeare uses Dramatic Techniques to

    Therefore they defiantly did not dare defy their fathers. Lady Capulet then warns Juliet that her father is coming and she should tell him herself; "Here comes your father; tell him so yourself." Lady Capulet seems to be a cold hearted mother but she may believe that Juliet is being

  1. Macbeth What are the roles of the witches

    Macbeth again tries to control the witches he is commanding them to answer his questions: "How now you secret, black and midnight hags! What is't you do?" "Tell me, thou unknown power" He is trying to control them he tries to question them and overpower them.

  2. With Close references to the texts you have been studying, explore how the authors ...

    He expresses his rationality when he jokingly says 'I expect you'll find the cash tied up in a big bag in the middle of your bed'.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work