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Examine the ways in which H. G Wells uses language to interest the reader in The Red Room.

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Examine the ways in which H. G Wells uses language to interest the reader? The Red Room is of infinite resemblance to other Gothic stories as a Gothic story is usually a type of romantic fiction, which predominated English literature in the last third of the eighteenth century and the first two decades of the nineteenth century. The setting was usually a ruined Gothic castle or abbey. The Gothic novel or Gothic romance emphasised mystery and horror, it was also filled with ghost haunted rooms, underground passages, and secret stairways. The story is of huge resemblance to a Gothic story because of the old derelict house, which is present, also the passages and a spiral staircase. The main resemblance is of course the haunted room in which the scariness is mainly focused upon. Immediately the haunted room is brought to the reader's attention and this is effectively to engage interest early on. HG Wells tries to enlighten the reader and make the reader realise that the atmosphere around the house is eerie, amongst the dark and dismal presence of the three old and withering people. ...read more.


The old people are referred to as "ancient" summing up how old they really are. They are made out as sort of ghouls by the way it mentions the old man who supported himself with a single crutch, his eyes were covered up by a shade, and his lower lip half averted hung pale and pink from his yellow decaying teeth. HG Wells's techniques are descriptive, as a lot of detail has been inscribed into the Red Room. The reader is told a lot of information about the derelict house and gets a real feel of what its really like. The more you read the more you want to continue and so the writer this time HG Wells has completed his task to a full extent. The writer's aim is to keep you guessing and therefore interested in the Red Room to an extent that you want to know how it all concludes. HG Wells uses repetition a lot in his writing too as the old man with the withered arm mentions "it is your own choosing" on three occasions. ...read more.


At this point in the story tension is increasing steadily as the reader is caught and wondering curiously about the next few paragraphs. The Red Room also ends in daylight, which contradicts with the darkness that had once been plentiful; the author's tactic here leaves the reader stunned and amazed because of the light displayed at the end. Not only does this contradict the darkness but also the story as the reader is almost plagued by darkness throughout, with the darkness subsiding shortly the bold light is brought into place at the end this is totally of opposite to what the reader thinks will happen. Therefore HG Wells has effectively rounded off an excellent story because of the relevance in which it is written to a gothic story. Gloominess is suggested by the cold and dark, contributing to the atmosphere of oppression and neglect. To gain an effect of atmosphere HG Wells has used these to good effect description of people i.e. withered arm, pale eyes, and monstrous shadow also the description of the house - queer old mirror, door creaked there are also the warnings "This night of all nights" which are repeated. ...read more.

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