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How Are Suspense and Tension Created in The Red Room?

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How Are Suspense and Tension Created in The Red Room? In The Red Room by H.G. Wells a lot of suspense and tension is created. The Red Room fits into the gothic genre because it has some of the requirements for a gothic story in it, like, being set in a castle, an atmosphere of mystery and suspense, a prophecy, the supernatural and high levels of emotion. The story creates tension in lots of ways such as, shadows, noises, charcters and general mystery surrounding the red room. At the beginning of The Red Room the author creates tension by having the narrator straight away in a scene which is unusual to him, he is in a dark old room with old people who are mostly disfigured and slightly other worldly in the way they look and behave. "... I had scarce expected these grotesque custodians." He sees them not as ordinary people but as being grotesque so is clearly unhappy being with them. The author also immediately creates tension by talking of ghosts and the supernatural straightaway. "... It will take a very tangible ghost to frighten me." So we already have talk of ghosts in only the first line! As the narrator begins his journey to the red room more tension is created. "... ...read more.

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The old people do not only create tension through their looks but also through what the say. "But if you go to the red room tonight -"("this might of all nights!" said the women) "you go alone." This creates tension by making us wonder why don't these people wish to visit The Red Room, and, what is it about tonight especially that makes it even worse to go to The Red Room? The old people start to make the narrator feel tense. "...the oddness of these three old pensioners...affected me in spite of my efforts to keep myself at a matter-of-fact phase." What the old people have said and the way they are acting has caused the narrator to start to feel nervous and loose his level headedness. The old people also affect the reader because they make the narrator feel uncomfortable then they also make us feel uncomfortable, also there general appearance and the description of them makes the reader feel uneasy as they have a sort of unknown quality about them. H.G. Wells uses a first person narrative because this means that we know exactly what the character is feeling and not just what the narrator says he is feeling. ...read more.

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"one could well understand the legends that had sprouted in its black corners, its germinating darkness..." The language in this sentence like, "germinating" and "sprouting" gives us the impression the darkness is somehow growing and engulfing the red room and the narrator. This type of language creates a lot of tension and suspense. Because it sounds like the darkness is overtaking him and this could result in something happening to him. The description also enables him to understand how the rumours in the red room could have started which makes him very nervous. Light and dark are obviously very symbolic, dark represents danger and the unknown whereas light means we are safe because we can see everything around us and it is harder to be fooled by noises or shadows in the light. Tension and suspense were constantly created in The Red Room by H.G. Well's using various techniques, the writer uses a lot of different techniques to keep the reader wondering and to make sure that tension and suspense are always present in the story. In my opinion there is no one technique which is used to greater effect than any other one. I think that they are all used in equally effective amounts and they all help to create suspense and tension. ?? ?? ?? ?? Frazer Shaw - 1 - ...read more.

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