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October 2005 English Essay Different writers use different techniques to create a sense of atmosphere and mystery in their stories. I have chosen two ghost stories, 'The Monkey's Paw' written by W W Jacobs and 'Who Goes Down This Dark Road?' written by Joan Aiken. I am going to use these two stories to compare the techniques used by writers from different times. Using these two stories I am going to describe how the openings takes place, the characters, story structure, historical contexts and the settings used to describe the location in which the story took place. In these two short stories the openings are both completely different. The opening in 'The Monkey's Paw' uses more settings, which describe the area in which the story takes place, shown by using language. For example the openings quote from 'The Monkey's Paw' is 'Without, the night was cold and wet, but in the small parlour of Laburnum Villa the blinds were drawn and the fire burned brightly. Father and son were at chess.' This quote introduces two characters, Mr White and his son Herbert and describes the settings. As you can tell from this quote the story uses old fashioned language which was used a long time ago. ...read more.

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are set in different times. 'The Monkey's Paw' was written in 1863 - 1943 and in 'Who Goes Down This Dark Road?' is set a lot later. I can tell that 'The Monkey's Paw' was set in the late 1800s as �200 was a lot back then and women had no rights and could not vote. Also in the book there is an image of the family and they re dressed in old fashioned clothing. The walls in the photograph are covered also in old fashioned wallpaper. There was also a fireplace and probably needed matches to light it. There was no lighting in the picture only a few candles. This could mean that they did not have any electricity for lighting or central heating in the house. I can also tell that the story took place a long time ago as the language they use in the story is not used now a days. The story uses words like 'Hark at, the wind', 'poised', 'intercept', 'doughty', 'rubicund and of visage', 'fakirs' and 'avaricious'. Also their son calls his parents 'mother' and 'father'. Now days we children call their parent 'mum' and 'dad'. Their technology back then wasn't up to date at all, it was very poor. ...read more.

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Overall, I think out the two short stories 'The Monkey's Paw' and 'Who Goes Down This Dark Road?' the most successfully ghost story, which holds my attention and has achieved its aim in passing there message to the reader is the 'The Monkey's Paw'. I have chosen this story over 'Who Goes Down This Dark Road?' because this story has a lot of atmosphere and mystery involved in the story. Also by the first sentence, 'Without, the night was cold and wet, but in the small parlour of Laburnum Villa the blinds were drawn and the fire burned brightly.' This sentence actually sounds like you are reading a ghost story. Unlike in 'Who Goes Down This Dark Road?' the beginning sentence is, 'it seems singular, remembering that first interview with Mrs King to think I had no kind of premonition or foreknowledge'. With this quote I don't know how Mrs King is, and this quote could have been from a different story which is not a ghost story. I also like 'The Monkey's Paw' better because, from the beginning to the end there was a build up of suspense and atmosphere and makes the reader want to read on throughout the story. Samneet Aydee ?? ?? ?? ?? - 1 - ...read more.

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