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H.G wells and Charles dickens create tension and suspense in "the red room" "the signalman" and "confessions found in prison"

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Compare how H.G wells and Charles dickens create tension and suspense in "the red room" "the signalman" and "confessions found in prison" The stories, "The Red Room" written by H.G wells and, "The Signalman" and "confessions found in a prison" by Charles Dickens were all written in the Victorian era. At that time, the short story was a popular genre as a form of entertainment. Ghost stories and thrillers were particularly popular with the Victorian readers, therefore it was essential for the authors to build tension and suspense to keep the readers interest. The stories are all different but also have many things in common. They all explore mystery and supernatural or violence and murder. 'The Red Room' is a short story about a room which is believed to be haunted by ghosts. In the story a man volunteers to stay in the red room overnight to prove that there are no ghosts in the room. At the beginning of the story the man seems very confident but when he starts his stay in the red room he begins to get so frightened that he injures himself in the process of running out of the room. ...read more.


Also we are told old stories about the red room in the Lorraine castle about how the timid wife got scared to death which also adds tension to the story as the reader would be aware and scared of these stories. In "the red room" H.G Wells uses the setting to create tension and suspense by naming the title the main place the story is set in. The title 'The Red Room' immediately attracts the reader's attention; it is symbolic but leaves unanswered questions. Overall the title raises so much curiosity wanting readers to read on and find answers to our questions. Red is a very strong colour and is generally associated with blood, danger, warning, hell, and above all, fear, the title also shows the setting of the story. It makes you wonder why the room is called the red room and if it is actually red. Another way H.G Wells creates tension though the setting is by the opening it doesn't tell us much about the setting it creates mystery as the readers do not know very much about where the man is. ...read more.


the red light is situated in the "gloomier entrance to the black tunnel". The place where the signalman lives is small. Again in the signalman there is a zig zag staircase, which is like the spiral staircase in the red room you can not see behind you which creates a lot of tension to the readers. Charles dickens also uses the setting to create tension and suspense in "confessions found in prison" the setting of the place is very pleasant which creates tension as it is very different and creates mystery as the readers would think why the story is set in this way. The pleasantness of the setting represents the goodness of the child and his innocent but as the man murders the child the whole atmosphere changes and the weather becomes unpleasant and all the surrounding change to an unpleasant surrounding. Both writers also use the characters to create tension and suspense using the characters. In all three stories the characters are never given a name they get called by the jog title or there appearance this creates a lot of tension and suspense as it leaves the readers in mystery and wondering who the characters are. ...read more.

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